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Magus
post Oct 23 2003, 06:54 AM
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Hey guys, this is my first post and I’m quite new to the world of Absinthe (although I’ve done quite a bit of reading on it still..)

At any rate, after a lot of reading I decided to order a bottle of Un Emile 68 for my first absinthe experience (It’s my 21st birthday present to myself! wink.gif) but I have a few questions:

When dripping your ratio of water into the drink/over the sugar, how long should this take? I mean should I *literally* drip it like one drip a second..? Does it really matter? Also, for my first time should I even bother with the sugar?

I should be getting this stuff tomorrow in the mail so we’ll see…

Any other advice you can offer a first timer would be great! Also btw, being that this is my 21st birthday coming up, I’ve never really had anything stronger than beer before so I can guess this Emile is probably going to be a sheer wallop to the head… *oof*

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post Oct 23 2003, 09:40 AM
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QUOTE (Magus @ Oct 23 2003, 08:54 AM)
Hey guys, this is my first post and I’m quite new to the world of Absinthe (although I’ve done quite a bit of reading on it still..)

At any rate, after a lot of reading I decided to order a bottle of Un Emile 68 for my first absinthe experience (It’s my 21st birthday present to myself! wink.gif) but I have a few questions:

When dripping your ratio of water into the drink/over the sugar, how long should this take? I mean should I *literally* drip it like one drip a second..? Does it really matter? Also, for my first time should I even bother with the sugar?

I should be getting this stuff tomorrow in the mail so we’ll see…

Any other advice you can offer a first timer would be great! Also btw, being that this is my 21st birthday coming up, I’ve never really had anything stronger than beer before so I can guess this Emile is probably going to be a sheer wallop to the head… *oof*

Cheers!  Beer.gif

Drip as slow as humanly possible. With a fountain, drop per drop is the name of the game.

With a carafe, a small trickle is all I manage, but that seems to work. But it's a *good* carafe, with an open neck
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and narrow glass.

It's more important (esp. with a UE68) to have *very* cold water - fridge cold is not cold enough: add lots of ice (or *start* with ice and let some melt).

Yes, I'd try with some sugar first. But not too much: I use only half of a mini Tirlemont with UE68.

And yes: all of this matters. Really.

As far as a whallop to the head: once you've diluted it 4:1 (my preferred ratio for UE68), it's only 18%, so one glass of it is not much more than two glasses of wine (or strong beer).

The only problem is that it's harder to resist drinking about three or four glasses -- and then...


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post Oct 23 2003, 11:38 AM
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I agree with six, you want to drip slow and cold.

For people like myself who lack manual dexterity and class you can use the plastic bottles of spring water with squirt top.

Still carafes are nice if you can manage to keep from flooding the kitchen.

When I tried the carafe in inadvertently taught the kids a bunch of new swear words. Kids are so cute when they swear. blink.gif


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post Oct 23 2003, 12:21 PM
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QUOTE (Sponge Bob @ Oct 23 2003, 01:38 PM)

Still carafes are nice if you can manage to keep from flooding the kitchen.

That's where he shape of the neck comes in - a *good* carafe never causes the water to wrap around the edge to the outside -- it accelerates the water from the narrowest part of the neck to "launch" it into your glass...


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post Oct 23 2003, 07:37 PM
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What should I do if the sugar dosen't disolve well? I mean if it just drips into the glass and the sugar grains sit at the bottom of the glass? Is it ok to stir it?
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post Oct 23 2003, 07:42 PM
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Yes, that's why they make the spoons spoon-shaped.

However, if you drip slowly, the sugar will dissolve better. I've also had a lot of success with wetting the sugar with a few drops, letting it sit for a few minutes to soften, and then starting the drip.
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post Oct 23 2003, 08:41 PM
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I generally do the same, I'll add enough water to saturate the cube and walk away. When I come back it is reduced to a pile. I then drip slowly until the spoon is clean. I have never timed it, but I would guess the whole process takes around 5 minutes.
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post Oct 23 2003, 08:50 PM
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I do the same as well. Very effective method.


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post Oct 23 2003, 09:56 PM
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Here are step by step instructions, along with a pictorial aid, as the proper way to prepare absinthe:
http://www.louchelounge.com/index.php?act=...t=ST&f=4&t=1254

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post Oct 23 2003, 10:03 PM
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I finally read that yesterday from beginning to end.

THAT FUNNY!

I should use it to make an official instruction guide... for april fools.
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post Oct 23 2003, 10:29 PM
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I generally water my absinthe drop by drop (although the individual drops follow each other in a steady stream...I don't use a fountain, just a sport water bottle but in a large absinthe glass a good pour (which I equate to a slowly built draft guinness) takes from 7 to 10 minutes. While this may seem an inordinately long time to torture yourself, you will find that the resulting opaque and milky Emile has been well worth the wait!!!!!!!!


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post Oct 23 2003, 10:32 PM
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And for a more complex drinking experience, by all means try the Emile Sapin...it's not to everyone's taste, but this has been a LITE world for the last 30+ years and you owe it to your palate to give the Emile and Sapin Liqueuer distillate hybrid a try!


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post Oct 24 2003, 01:58 PM
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Im pretty sure that is the exact same style Absinth straw that went for $120. on eBay.
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QUOTE (Donnie Darko @ Oct 23 2003, 01:56 PM)
Here are step by step instructions, along with a pictorial aid, as the proper way to prepare absinthe:
http://www.louchelounge.com/index.php?act=...t=ST&f=4&t=1254

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OK, I passed up that link the first time.

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That was HILARIOUS!!!

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