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> Absinthe and the 99%, As absinthe grows in popularity, will it become cheaper?
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post Nov 7 2011, 02:58 AM
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Absinthe was a drink of the masses in the 1890s, right? It's a fair bet it didn't cost (proportionately, after appropriate inflation adjustment) as much as the latest thing from the Pernot distillery costs us. Absinthe is growing in popularity, and while the marketing aim right now is to sell it as a luxury item, there are bound to be cheaper mass market versions before long…

Does anyone on the forum know what prices were like for a bottle of absinthe in the pre-ban era? Those old pictures of French farmers drinking it -- and using a fountain, no less! -- after the day's labor suggests it must have been very "affordable" in the Belle Epoche.

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post Nov 7 2011, 12:54 PM
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Absinthe was a drink of the masses in the 1890s, right? It's a fair bet it didn't cost (proportionately, after appropriate inflation adjustment) as much as the latest thing from the Pernot distillery costs us.


Really ? Depends on what you wanted to drink really… A quality product was expensive allright.
An indicator I have is that a bottle of a pernod Fils (1L) was worth a worker's daily wages.
It gets me to approx $90/Liter (using the French minimum salary and converting it to $)
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Absinthe was a drink of the masses in the 1890s, right? It's a fair bet it didn't cost (proportionately, after appropriate inflation adjustment) as much as the latest thing from the Pernot distillery costs us.


Really ? Depends on what you wanted to drink really… A quality product was expensive allright.
An indicator I have is that a bottle of a pernod Fils (1L) was worth a worker's daily wages.
It gets me to approx $90/Liter (using the French minimum salary and converting it to $)


Either those French farm workers were very rich then, or they were drinking something more plebeian…


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ellen   Absinthe and the 99%   Nov 7 2011, 02:58 AM
G&C   There was a complete support industry for Absinthe...   Nov 7 2011, 03:16 AM
ellen   There was a complete support industry for Absinth...   Nov 7 2011, 03:25 AM
Tibro   Remember too that state and federal taxes on disti...   Nov 7 2011, 06:01 AM
Jaded Prole   There are inferior oil mixes that could be cheaper...   Nov 7 2011, 11:23 AM
Aggelos   Really ? Depends on what you wanted to drink rea...   Nov 7 2011, 12:54 PM
ellen   Really ? Depends on what you wanted to drink re...   Nov 7 2011, 04:51 PM
Aggelos   Either those French farm workers were very rich t...   Nov 7 2011, 05:40 PM
ellen   Either those French farm workers were very rich ...   Nov 7 2011, 05:56 PM
Kirk   Absinthe could never be cheap, alcohol is expensiv...   Nov 7 2011, 01:33 PM
sbmac   Folks back then didn't have cable TV, internet...   Nov 7 2011, 03:28 PM
Provenance   Ellen, If you would like to see absinthe cost les...   Nov 7 2011, 03:59 PM
ellen   Ellen, If you would like to see absinthe cost le...   Nov 7 2011, 04:42 PM
Provenance   I suppose that's an alternative to a standard ...   Nov 7 2011, 04:50 PM
sbmac   Nicely done Ellen… you should have shown him your ...   Nov 7 2011, 04:55 PM
Artemis   Beer is a drink of the masses today, but everyth...   Nov 7 2011, 05:26 PM
Absomphe   How very pragmatic of you. Besides, if you're...   Nov 7 2011, 06:31 PM
ellen   How very pragmatic of you. Besides, if you'r...   Nov 7 2011, 08:26 PM
Tibro   Bottled badger piss with pickled tiger penis. That...   Nov 7 2011, 06:32 PM
Absomphe   Thanks, granny. We're precocious like that.   Nov 7 2011, 09:17 PM
sbmac   Abs, I've heard you're so old you keep you...   Nov 7 2011, 09:38 PM
Absomphe   Indeed. Abs, I've heard you're so old y...   Nov 7 2011, 09:48 PM
Artemis   You can look backward to see that. And beyond...   Nov 7 2011, 09:43 PM
ellen   And beyond. Bargain basement prices (at least ...   Nov 7 2011, 10:05 PM
Artemis   A wine collector complaining about the cost of abs...   Nov 7 2011, 10:35 PM
ellen   A wine collector complaining about the cost of ab...   Nov 7 2011, 11:07 PM
Tibro   But I'm not a wine collector… just a would-be...   Nov 8 2011, 05:57 AM
ellen   [quote name='ellen' post='193076' date='Nov 8 201...   Nov 8 2011, 04:44 PM
Tibro   don't ever drink Chinese Shao Xing wine. Cook...   Nov 8 2011, 06:54 PM
Green Baron   An interesting passage from Chemical Composition o...   Nov 7 2011, 10:59 PM
ellen   Good data, thank you! 2fr / liter wholesale ...   Nov 7 2011, 11:14 PM
ellen   Surprisingly hard to find wage data from 1905, b...   Nov 8 2011, 12:44 AM
Artemis   You should avoid quoting seven inches of text to m...   Nov 7 2011, 11:24 PM
ellen   To wrap up nicely the snails, the wine and the t...   Nov 7 2011, 11:57 PM
thegreenimp   Buy a bottle of Herbsaint Original, it's only ...   Nov 8 2011, 12:27 AM
ellen   Buy a bottle of Herbsaint Original. it's only...   Nov 8 2011, 12:33 AM
Artemis   I posted that clip in spite of Steve Martin being ...   Nov 8 2011, 12:44 AM
ellen   I posted that clip in spite of Steve Martin being...   Nov 8 2011, 01:29 AM
Artemis   Ellen has shown us her Willendorfs. Now that...   Nov 8 2011, 09:12 AM
Aggelos   Ok right. France, 1900, average daily wage in Pari...   Nov 8 2011, 09:55 AM
ellen   Ok right. France, 1900, average daily wage in Par...   Nov 8 2011, 04:05 PM
Aggelos   So a bistro of the period would buy 1L bottles fo...   Nov 9 2011, 09:55 AM
ellen   Careful there ! Which bistro plates ? Are we...   Nov 9 2011, 02:51 PM
Jaded Prole   Notice the farm workers are in a group. They proba...   Nov 9 2011, 01:11 PM
ellen   Notice the farm workers are in a group. They prob...   Nov 9 2011, 03:01 PM


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