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> Which absinthes should be on everyone's bucket list?
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post Dec 11 2014, 01:39 PM
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Your favorite or not, which absinthes would you consider to now be classics and offer the whole spectrum? These could be the biggest sellers or some of the rarest. What's on your recommended bucket list?
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post Dec 11 2014, 02:16 PM
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I have too many things on today's to do list to do anything but laugh at an absinthe bucket list.
However, you should try a properly rectified absinthe before you die.


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post Dec 11 2014, 04:40 PM
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A vintage pre ban is bucketlist worthy
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post Dec 11 2014, 05:31 PM
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post Dec 11 2014, 05:53 PM
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post Dec 11 2014, 10:15 PM
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I agree that a person who wants to know what absinthe really is should try a pre-ban absinthe that's in good shape (I mean, not spoiled).
It's a good idea to try a top quality HG as well.
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post Dec 11 2014, 11:46 PM
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And with those come a perspective that makes exploration of whatever else is out there more enlightening. That's the way to experience absinthe before you die; it's better than putting faith in anybody's list.


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post Dec 12 2014, 12:18 AM
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post Dec 12 2014, 11:49 AM
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Absinthe? Won't that xit kill you? The real stuff, I mean.

Okay, so now I know the meaning and origins of the term "bucket list". So I guess I got something out of this.

My suggestion is get in touch with your inner absinthe. However you can. Personally, it's not even about absinthe anymore. But your path may be different. I get a contact high from being around people that know something about the stuff, and find that satisfying. In a spiritual kind of way. Mebbe. Sometimes. Prolly won't make any difference when I'm dead though.


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post Dec 12 2014, 11:29 PM
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QUOTE(Tibro @ Dec 12 2014, 06:49 AM) *

Absinthe? Won't that xit kill you? The real stuff, I mean.

Only because it will drive you insane, so you'll probably slice off a physical protuberance and die of blood loss.

Red Herring!

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post Dec 12 2014, 11:57 PM
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Ditto on what Artemis said about properly rectified.
It's more work, which is why so few commercial distillers do it.
"Artisanal" should not simply mean "small business," but the term
seems to have been hijacked by many lone wolves who are anything but.

There are a few artisanal lone wolves out there, however.
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post Dec 13 2014, 12:05 AM
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Kirk said properly rectified.
I said a quality HG.
But properly rectified certainly goes a long way toward quality.


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post Dec 14 2014, 07:39 PM
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QUOTE(Kirk @ Dec 11 2014, 06:16 AM) *
a properly rectified absinthe

That's an interesting concept but I'm not sure what it means. Is proper rectification a standard or a technique? A fixed or moving target? I've very much enjoyed absinthe samples that were doubtless made using different rectification protocols. Are any or all of them correctly rectified?



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post Dec 14 2014, 08:27 PM
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There's a sticky wicket. But I think it might be one in which the water solubles are largely removed.


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post Dec 14 2014, 09:20 PM
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Good answer.
I was confident Kirk was talking about Texas rectification, which is a technique (not a standard).
Rectification in general, as it concerns absinthe, is indeed a method for excluding water soluble nastiness (such as absinthins) from the distillate.
On the other hand, there are water soluble goodies (fragrant oils) in the pot as well, and Texas rectification does the double duty of capturing those.
I won't describe the method, because I'm pretty sure Eric wouldn't. Suffice to say it's different from what's described in those old protocols that go into any detail for dealing with these issues (and none of them that I've seen go into full detail).
At least, this is what I had in mind when I said that proper rectification goes a long way toward quality. Of course, there are other factors, such as quality herbs, etc.
Also, there are absinthes that are just okay, not nasty, but not all they could be, and this can be a matter of not driving the process hard enough, which means it came out clean, nothing to rectify, but it might have been better (richer, more oily, more fragrant) if it had been driven hard and then cleaned up (rectified).


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