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post Feb 24 2007, 05:48 AM
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This new Czech site is worth looking at. On the face of it this seems a step forward for the "absinth" category - a more serious product, and an attempt to place it in a more accurate historical context. There are errors and silly claims - but far fewer than in the average Czech absinthe website, and the section called History of Oliva Absinth is especially worth reading. Assuming it's not all an elaborate hoax (which of course it may be), this casts some interesting new light on absinthe production in Czechoslavakia in the pre-ban era. It would be very interesting if there is someone here who reads Czech to know what the manuscript pages they show actually say, especially if this is indeed an Absinthe Suisse recipe.

The description of their "recipe" is a little odd (an eight day maceration, and it's not clear amongst other things what they mean by an infusion after coloration), but I'd be interested to taste this stuff.

Lastly, sparkling absinthe is an unusual idea, but one that does have an historical antecedant.


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post Feb 24 2007, 07:09 AM
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Wish me luck.

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post Feb 24 2007, 08:09 AM
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Brave man, Bill.


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post Feb 24 2007, 09:19 AM
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So why they named it "Oliva Absinth" but state on the label "absinthe suisse".

I don't think I could enjoy a sparkling absinthe anyway.
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What I also found interesting on the site was the bio of Vaclav Slavia, which includes a 1926 reference to a painting of his hanging in Cafe Slavia, the first - albeit indirect - independent reference to "The Absinthe Drinker" I've seen.

I also liked this sentence from the bio:

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In 1897 he was given the job of Images Editor at the very popular Czech language magazine Zlatá Praha (Golden Prague). He held this job for 19 years! Shortly after he started work there, he married a lovely girl named Anna Adamcova who was enamored with his talent.


Apparently his talent was absolutely enormous.


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post Feb 24 2007, 02:02 PM
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I fail to see the logic behind sparkling absinthe. If you are going to dilute it 3/1 or 4/1 with water anyways, why not just use sparkling water?

As a matter of fact, a few paintings of the time show a soda syphon next to absinthe.


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post Feb 24 2007, 02:05 PM
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It's called a marketing gimmick.


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post Feb 24 2007, 04:22 PM
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Sparkling absinthe? Hmmm, weird, but could be interesting. Maybe i should try this out when i get some money....
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post Feb 24 2007, 04:38 PM
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Bubbles in Absinthe blow.


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post Feb 24 2007, 04:57 PM
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Duplais, 4th Edition, Pages 481-482: Absinthe Gazeuse


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I never said it hadn't been done.



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I never said you'd said it hadn't been done.


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What you say?
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post Feb 24 2007, 08:17 PM
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I have to admit some curiosity. I'll wait for a review. It is a nice bottle.

I have tried carbonated water in absinthe once and I must concur with G&C.


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post Feb 24 2007, 09:29 PM
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Their spoon looks interesting, kinda stares at you. Reminds me of a certain Finnish pastry.

Bill, I wish you luck.


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