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Absinthesizer
post May 16 2014, 06:28 PM
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Dear forum,

I’d like to pick your collective brain for an absinthe-tasting I’m hosting at the end of this month for some members of my church. (Not as odd as it sounds, since they’re Unitarian Universalists…) I'll serve six or possibly seven absinthes; probably no more than two blanches; at least two Swiss, two French, and one American; and all from different distillers. I don’t care whether they’re legal in the U.S.: Since there’s basically nothing decent in our local liquor stores, tasters interested in further, umm, "research" have to go online anyway.

I also hosted a tasting last year. That lineup was:
Clandestine
Maison Fontaine blanche
Pacifique
Duplais verte
Ridge verte
Jade Nouvelle Orleans

I’m looking to change some things, partly because some of the same people are coming. And I want to serve Redux, because we’re in Colorado and it’s by far the best Colorado absinthe.

Now, here’s what’s in the closet:

Blanches:
Clandestine
Brut d’Alembic essai 5
Maison Fontaine blanche
Bourbonnaise Vichy Superior

Vertes:
Duplais Verte
All Jades
l’Italienne
Maison Fontaine verte
Pacifique
Ridge Verte
Redux
Roquette 1797
Trinity
Walton Waters, but I would prefer to hold on to this for another year or two. It’s four years old and has turned a beautiful feuille mort despite being stored in Stygian darkness.

Any opinions on what's the best lineup from this will be appreciated. If there is some other absinthe or absinthes for which there is overwhelming support, I’d consider a purchase, but there could be hell to pay with Mrs. Absinthesizer.

Thanks much!


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post May 16 2014, 06:54 PM
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I'm nominally a Unitarian. Did the congratulation pitch in on this? Sounds like a good time, espcially accompanied by food like fruit, cheeses and maybe a potluck assortment of fancy snacks.



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post May 16 2014, 10:16 PM
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My experience with church folks has been that, where two or three are gathered together, there there must be some casseroles also.
But then, I was raised Conservative Baptist so… that could be the issue.


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post May 16 2014, 10:58 PM
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It might be amusing to offer something ugly. Years ago I was invited to a foo foo wine party and asked to bring a bottle of wine, so I brought Mad Dog 20/20. They polished it off, too, after they had finished the mundane offerings.
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Reviews at the French forum seem to indicate it's way better than it looks, and that's always nice at a party.


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post May 17 2014, 10:25 AM
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People from your church? My suggestion would be to add a little vaudeville to the proceedings.

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post May 17 2014, 12:07 PM
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"here is what absinthe almost tastes like" -Kirk
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post May 17 2014, 12:46 PM
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There are 2 preachers or pastors that buy herbs from me, they always say god bless you when I send them some, one of them sent me a sample of his product, made me want to join the congregation.


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post May 17 2014, 01:14 PM
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Sounds like my kind of spirituality.

Pass the Sacrament.


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post May 17 2014, 05:28 PM
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QUOTE(Artemis @ May 16 2014, 04:58 PM) *

It might be amusing to offer something ugly. Years ago I was invited to a foo foo wine party and asked to bring a bottle of wine, so I brought Mad Dog 20/20. They polished it off, too, after they had finished the mundane offerings.
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Reviews at the French forum seem to indicate it's way better than it looks, and that's always nice at a party.

A good idea, actually … my neighbor may still have some of the Fruko-Shulz swill that I reviewed years ago.

But I am not spending money on fresh swill.

Speaking of ugly, years ago one of my co-workers used to host an annual Bad Wine and Cheese party. One year I brought Spam Daiquiris.


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post May 17 2014, 05:30 PM
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QUOTE(Jaded Prole @ May 16 2014, 12:54 PM) *

I'm nominally a Unitarian. Did the congratulation pitch in on this? Sounds like a good time, espcially accompanied by food like fruit, cheeses and maybe a potluck assortment of fancy snacks.


Yeah, this is a fund-raiser - members of the congregation bid for the dubious privilege of having me expound on absinthe … Last year was a lot of fun, and hopefully my spiel will be more polished this year.


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post May 17 2014, 07:35 PM
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Actually, I was serious. There may a certain shock value in crap for crap's sake, but the reviews of that stuff at the French forum are quite positive. I understand about risking money on it, though - if I remember correctly, it's not cheap by any means.


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QUOTE(Jaded Prole @ May 17 2014, 01:14 PM) *
Sounds like my kind of spirituality.
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Then see who eats the bug.

My friend Bill ("FUCK THAT", shouted Bill) used to say "mad enough to eat a bug".
Can't credit the Czechs for coming up with decaying protein in the hooch though; I remember seeing jars of wine in Chinatown with cobras and deer fetuses in them. Supposedly it has medicinal properties, no doubt vomitorical.


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My suggestion for the European brands:
  • Brut d’Alembic essai 5 (not tasted myself)
  • Maison Fontaine blanche (good indeed)
  • L'Italienne (no longer in production)
  • Duplais verte (consistent in quality, I like it)
  • Maison Fontaine verte (drinkable verte from Pernot)

…but not the Roquette 1797: If it is the old and good one, it is most likely no longer available, and, if it is the new one, it is not representing a tasty French absinthe. Unless better batches have been made after that from which my bottle came from.




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post May 20 2014, 05:35 AM
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QUOTE("Bruno Rygseck")
…but not the Roquette 1797: If it is the old and good one, it is most likely no longer available, and, if it is the new one, it is not representing a tasty French absinthe. Unless better batches have been made after that from which my bottle came from.


I ordered one in the beginning of this year, and liked it very much.


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