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post May 27 2005, 11:44 PM
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"The constituent herbs are macerated for about 8-10 days in alcohol and then distilled, the result being an emerald coloured spirit."

Yeah, I don't exactly trust their site for accurate information. I was looking for their bit about hapsburg but it doesn't appear they want to talk about their absinthe.


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post May 28 2005, 09:17 AM
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They manage to say a bit about absinthe in general (mostly misleading) without a single word about the actual products they sell. Hm.


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post Aug 30 2005, 04:27 PM
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Since Oxy is calling for more reviews, I thought I would point out there are reviews in this thread that have yet to be organized.


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post Aug 30 2005, 04:52 PM
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post Aug 30 2005, 07:29 PM
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I thought I would point out there are reviews in this thread that have yet to be organized.


Thank you. I'll look into it.


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post Sep 15 2005, 03:56 PM
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Artemis,

Please find below tasting results for four absinthes
- Havel (Czech)
- Pernod 68
- Jade Edouard
- Blanche de Fougerolles

1 This scores are the average of four testers at a blind-fold tasting. As it was blind-fold we were critical of the best stuff, marking lower than we might in an open tasting, and lenient on the poor stuff, marking it higher than we might in an open tasting.

2 None of us our experts, so when we say "wormwood" or "melissa" we are just guessing, but these are our opinions.

3 I have written this up while it is still fresh in my mind, in other words, with a hang-over. So apologies if the below is incoherent drivel.

4 We tasted all four together, that is, giving marks for colour for all four, then marks for aroma for all four, etc. This may not be the best way, and perhaps the better stuff deserves re-appraisal singly.

5 I have included the JE in the post as the existing thread is for "Distillers' Proof" and we were tasting the released version.

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Text of reviews removed from this post and posted in the Buyer's Guide October 6th, 2005 - The Editor
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post Sep 15 2005, 04:01 PM
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Excellent reviews, thanks Brucer.
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post Sep 15 2005, 04:48 PM
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Agreed. The reviews are well written and informative.


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post Sep 15 2005, 04:57 PM
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Very nice.
Though, it might be good to keep in mind that the nose can only really tell three fragrances apart before it needs to "rest" for a while. Thus, doing an "aroma test" for four absinthes simultaneously might actually give a slight "off" result.

This is only minor details and I really enjoyed your reviews.


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post Sep 15 2005, 09:41 PM
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After reading the reviews I went and dug out a half bottle of BdF that's aging in my cabinet. I found the louche unimpressive though I like it better than the Jade Edouard.

I think the Clandestine is far better than either however.


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post Sep 15 2005, 10:33 PM
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In the louche department, perhaps.

However,it's hard to beat the complexity of the BDF amongst all the la bleues out there, though, and it seems to me that there is a bit more wormwood evident in the BDF than there is in the Clandestine La Bleue.


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post Sep 16 2005, 08:35 AM
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Hmm. In the cold light of sober day it seems we got a little carried away. But when we marked the louching action we had not yet had a single drink. That day we found it pleasing, somehow.

Hartsmar is right. Four was too many, and a bit confusing on the nose.

The other problem with tasting four is that by the time we had finished the process, and were giving marks for overall impression, we were pissed as newts. So the desriptions not only decribe the taste but are also, in themselves, indicative of the effects of drinking absinthe.

I will send some more thoughts later.

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post Sep 16 2005, 03:36 PM
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Which should lead to the slogan:
Absinthe drinkers Swallow
Wine drinkers spit.


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post Oct 5 2005, 04:26 AM
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My online time has been next to nil since Katrina - I've started to update the reviews with some received by email - I'll get to those in this thread before too long.

Grim, when did you review that Kallnacher? I deleted your post before I noted the date.


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post Oct 6 2005, 04:51 AM
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Some things reviewers should keep in mind to make my life easier, which will make me less disgusted with the menial aspects of posting reviews, therefore leading to quicker, more efficient postings, therefore making Oxy happier and this section better:

DO NOT get creative with the format. There are no italics anywhere. Don't use them unless you're quoting a label or other text that uses them.

The numbers go right AFTER the headings, NOT after the comments.

In short, please format your review exactly as you see others already here formatted, unless you see one that's wrong, then call it to my attention please.

Comments about or quotes from the vendor or maker are appreciated, but don't expect to see them in print until I've checked them out, which might take a while.

This is not a "stars" system. We do not assign stars, and if you mention them I will delete them. The score numbers speak for themselves, obviating stars.

Thank you for your support.


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