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lowestbuddha
post Mar 31 2014, 02:49 PM
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Best modern of late: Pacifique - love this stuff, and it's truly surprised me. I would have never thought than an American absinthe would reach this caliber. The bar has been raised . . .

Best tasted: La Clandestine, Sauvage, Duplais - - - these have moved towards the top of my list, with a few Jade's thrown in (every now and then) too. To be perfectly honest, I rarely drink alone as absinthe (for me) tends to be a very social event - - - so the better absinthes are reserved for smaller, special occasions.

Served to friends/party: Amer (Lemercier), Kubler . . . lower priced entries that serve this purpose well. I've drawn-in a few dozen individuals over the years that have matured into solid drinkers and absintheurs. After the fear dissolves with a few pours - most of my new associates move onto the experimental stage - - - so be it.

Worst: Mata Hari, KoSG, and many others that I've wasted good $$ on over the years. At one time - it was a disappointing journey for me - but I poured nothing down the drain and moved on. The swill that I've swallowed . . .

It's always an amazing experience to have some new folks over on a clear summer evening - they watch the fountain do her magic . . . we relax on the patio out back by candlelight, with our music in the background . . . the conversation quickly deepens as the veil lowers itself. They then understand - - - and start to smile.

An odd thing - - - I placed an add out on Craigslist a few years back: forming a "Secret Society" of sorts . . . looking for people of like mind. My wife was utterly pissed, thinking I would attract cannibals . . . but several people actually expressed interest. Most were very cryptic in their response = as I requested an essay to describe why they would possibly be interested in absinthe. One fellow quickly rose to the top - he was a metal guitarist and played in a "KISS" tribute band, his wife an executive at Macy's - - - his entry essay was extremely well written - with his interests surrounding music (obviously), the Kabbalah, meta-physics, astronomy, etc. He remains one of my best friends to date - all brought together with this historical drink.

Have a great week - - -









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post Apr 1 2014, 03:25 PM
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I just adore Secret Societies.


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post Apr 1 2014, 03:41 PM
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Me too. The funny hats are the best part.


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post Apr 1 2014, 04:07 PM
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The handshakes!


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post Apr 1 2014, 04:13 PM
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The pinkie in the air seems vaguely familiar; where have I seen that before?


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post Apr 1 2014, 04:33 PM
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We've actually had custom membership cards made - very secretive - for our aged core.


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post Apr 1 2014, 06:56 PM
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No doubt. All those moves can't be easy to remember.


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post Apr 1 2014, 07:15 PM
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No doubt - - -

More than anything - our club is a solid, monthly excuse to gather and play backgammon & exercise the hookah.

One of our clan was given (at Christmas) a "bag" of herbs to make absinthe at home !!! We advised him against it - but he's moving forward . . .

Now I've drank some pretty bad stuff, and even recently got tiger piss in my mouth (it did not taste like buttered popcorn as the handler said) - some things by accident - others deliberate.

I've read some bad things about absinthe "kits" like this - - - and my attitude is leaning towards = "leave it to the professionals" - - - what says the group?


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post Apr 1 2014, 07:17 PM
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With all due respect, anyone who looks to "the group" for wisdom has none.


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post Apr 1 2014, 08:03 PM
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I have no group. And thus am sadly lacking groupies. Even the lowestbuddha must be doing betterer than me, in that department. He may not be a god, butt he does walk to work in his underwear.

Professionals do it for money. I like the ones who do it because they can't do otherwise.


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post Apr 1 2014, 08:06 PM
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Professionals have to start somewhere. Most of the absinthe I've seen made by professionals in the last decade left much to be desired.

Does this secret group have dues and a hierarchy of inner circle members?












And I wouldn't worry about a few cannibals.


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post Apr 1 2014, 08:16 PM
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QUOTE
a hierarchy of inner circle members


Aha, it's that kind of secretion society.


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post Apr 1 2014, 08:28 PM
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I was thinking more about this kind of secret society.


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post Apr 1 2014, 08:33 PM
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There's a difference?


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post Apr 1 2014, 08:54 PM
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QUOTE(lowestbuddha @ Apr 1 2014, 02:15 PM) *

and even recently got tiger piss in my mouth

Is that one of the new Spanish Absentas?


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