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post Jan 24 2014, 03:04 AM
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I agree with Tibro about the agricultural practices of the past, it was all the same as home grown back then. Today we have a deal where you can buy anything and none of it worth consuming.


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L'Assommoir
post Jan 24 2014, 05:45 AM
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found More about Premier:
Website, book and museum
http://absinthepremier.com/book.php
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post Jan 24 2014, 07:56 PM
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Nice. A lot cheaper than the old books cited in the article, too.


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post Jan 25 2014, 09:27 PM
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I've been pursuing a search for photos or something of any remaining trace of the Premier factory, with no luck. However, I did find this:
http://www.ac-grenoble.fr/action.culturell...aRevolution.pdf
See page eight. It seems to be a source for the newspaper article, because some of the phrasing is identical. There are some additional details, such as the fact that Premier went out of business altogether in the late 1950s, and their pastis was based upon star anise and licorice (bleh).
Hindering the search is the fact that "Germançon" doesn't seem to be in use anymore as the name of a suburb of, or area near, Romans-sur-Isère. However, the PDF above says the factory was "entre Savasse et Martinette". The Savasse is a river and the Martinette is a canal. They meet at the river Isère.
http://www.ville-romans.fr/upload/docs/5f3...4b3e599baa1.pdf
Here's what the junction of the streams looks like today (http://supermomo07.skyrock.com/3179175043-VISITE-DU-CANAL-DE-LA-MARTINETTE-photo-SM07-PAGE-1-6.html):
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I took a little liberty with the translation; it doesn't say the absinthe was dumped into the river, but into the stream. Maybe it was the canal. In any case, the louche is long gone and the absinthe sleeps with the fishes.


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post Jan 26 2014, 12:23 AM
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Here is a website with tons of pictures on Premier

Keep clicking on the 3 flashing arrows for the next page

Here
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post Jan 26 2014, 01:35 AM
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Thanks again; that seems to be much more than even the museum you previously cited has. Too much to digest today, for sure; I'm plumb wore out researching half a dozen subjects. I do have something to add to my original post, but it requires help at the French forum first. Maybe tomorrow.



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post Jan 26 2014, 11:04 PM
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I noticed yesterday that I had left two paragraphs out of the translation - the final two. I had transcribed them, but they were on a separate page and didn't get translated with the rest. They've been added to the piece now, at the link above. This, about pastis, almost made me smile:

" ... tolerable even to the nervous and the bad-tempered, who found in absinthe a terrible aggravating factor for their condition ..."


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post Jan 28 2014, 01:11 AM
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There was a time when absinthe aggravated the ill-tempered. . . .


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post Jan 28 2014, 01:47 AM
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Yeah, every time I drank it, according to my wife and daughter.
It's not without historical precedent, though, Rimbaud pissing on the table and chasing people with a sword and all.


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post Jan 28 2014, 05:45 AM
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Pastis is still the preferred French apéritif, especially in the summertime and especially in southern France. After absinthe was banned in France in 1915, substitutes were made at home. People purchased distilled wine spirit from local wineries or the pharmacy and rectified it with anise seeds. No two pastis tasted the same. Sure, there were government limits on the alcohol content, the addition of sweetening, and the distillate's clarity when diluted with water. Officials were still pressured by winegrowers to eradicate distilled spirits in France. They still subscribed to the feeling anise-flavoured spirits were dangerous and caused drunkenness.


Stumbled across Here.


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