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> Does kind of water influence louche?
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post Sep 29 2003, 08:01 PM
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QUOTE (Artemis @ Sep 29 2003, 06:12 PM)
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Yes, hunch.


No, not hunch. Fact. Read the FAQ. In fact, read about it in any number of places on the Internet. This forum moved beyond hunches as to what causes "louche" years ago.

Ah yes - there's a paragraph about it. [Aagh -- now everyone will know I can't recite the entire FAQ by heart headbonk.gif ] -- still doesn't answer my questions, though, about

a) whether mineral content in water influences louche (besides obvious things like water temperature, how fast you're pouring it, and how much sugar ends up in whatever you drip in the absinthe)
cool.gif whether more louche means more taste (unwatered absinthe taken as a constant).

I could say yes to cool.gif, but then, that may well be a subjective effect...


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post Sep 29 2003, 10:18 PM
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Hunch my arse...stop attempting to impress us with your "knowledge" you know who I mean(sic) me will you...over a silly apostraphe...get a life!) LOL


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post Sep 29 2003, 10:26 PM
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Brett,

I absolutely agree with you! Chilled water and a very conscientious slow drip will consistently produce a VERY RESPECTABLE opaque louche with Emile Absinthes, whether one uses tap water, mineral water, or bottled water. Emile RULES the modern absinthe market(although I would love to try La Muse Verte Absinthe!)


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post Sep 30 2003, 12:45 AM
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Not that I can speak for Artemis, but I doubt he's trying to impress "you" or "us" with his knowledge. There are people here (surprisingly) with no need to prove anything.

Some of them even write books.

[Actually, who were you talking about? It wasn't clear at all. Nobody should be trying to impress anyone really.]


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post Sep 30 2003, 10:11 AM
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Actually, who were you talking about?


He wasn't talking about me, but about someone who "sic"ed him. I didn't "sic" him, although I confess it grates on me when anybody writes "it's" for anything but "it is", which is the only legitimate use for "it's".

I'm also not trying to impress anyone. From time to time new people speculate on things that have long ago been hashed out and settled here; that's all I was talking about. The FAQ is not as inclusive as we like to imagine, but louche is addressed, although it's not as accurate as it could be ....

Cold water greatly improves louche. Slow drip does the same. I can't speak to the flavors or louche qualities of different waters except that my particular tap water is nasty, and I never use anything but bottled spring water for drinking of any kind.


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post Oct 2 2003, 06:08 PM
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The English language is one of the most difficult to master. I grew up with an English teacher mother (Masters Deg.) and majored in it for my first two years of college. I still transpose "its" with "it's" as possessive and plural. The language is full of anomalies.

Looking forward to the book, Artemis; I ordered it a few days ago. Should be a good reed.


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post Oct 3 2003, 08:17 AM
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The English language is one of the most difficult to master.


If you think so then don't even try french...

In fact here in Quebec, many people who speak, read and write french as a native language and english as a second one will agree that english is easier !
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post Oct 3 2003, 04:42 PM
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That is because, unless you are speaking the Queen's English™ we don't give a damn about nuance, pronunciation, or inflection. As long as we can figure out what you're saying we're all good.

French is... not that way.
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post Oct 3 2003, 05:09 PM
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If you think so then don't even try french...

I took four years of high school French and fully agree with Wolfgang.


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post Oct 4 2003, 09:49 AM
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Try Fench Patois....

A nice mix of French, West African and a wee bit o' English....

And the grammar is influenced primariily by West African or French tongues.


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post Oct 4 2003, 05:35 PM
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I sometimes have problems in the caribbean when they forget they are talking to a tourist. They have those internationally amalgamated (couldn't think of better word) colloquialisms. Alot has to do with how much I've been punched by rum too.

I wish absinthe weren't so taboo down in that area.


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post Oct 4 2003, 06:21 PM
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Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a tatol mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.


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post Oct 5 2003, 06:44 PM
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C'mon, people. English and French are amazingly easy, especially to other speakers of Indo-European languages. Neither involves complex inflection or declension, and while pronunciation can be tricky, the number of phonemes involved is rather small, and our writing system is at least remotely phonetically intuitive. Compare with Sino-Tibetan languages, where half of the consonants are affricatives that all sound like "sh" to Anglophones, AND which distinguish vowels by TONE. Each vowel sound can have 4 different tonal colors in Mandarin, meaning that words with the exact same sounds can be totally distinct to the native ear. Not to mention that most of their WRITTEN characters have long since ceased to provide even a clue as to their pronunciation.

Hmong has EIGHT tones, fer krissakes.

And don't forget the entire Semitic family, which leaves out the vowels BUT still uses vowel sound and placement to distinguish important things like active from passive and verb from noun.
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post Oct 5 2003, 06:52 PM
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Oh, and then there's Euskara (Basque), which, in addition to being unrelated to any other language on earth, insists on declining nouns based not on whether they are the subject or object, but on whether the verb is transative or intransative.

We Indo-European speakers have it easy. Hell, if you understand Grimm's Law and know at least 2 IE languages, you can guess the meaning of words in any other IE language a good 60% of the time.
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post Oct 5 2003, 09:02 PM
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