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Donnie Darko
post Oct 16 2003, 02:23 PM
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Louche schmouche. If my absinthe has got nice flavour, I could give a rats ass whether it clouds up or not.
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post Oct 16 2003, 02:31 PM
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Personally, taste is #1 for me, but colour & louche are important to me as well. A nice, milky, opalescent louche is a thing of beauty...


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post Oct 16 2003, 03:43 PM
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QUOTE (Donnie Darko @ Oct 16 2003, 04:23 PM)
Louche schmouche. If my absinthe has got nice flavour, I could give a rats ass whether it clouds up or not.

Of course. OTOH:

-The jury might be influenced by louche - it *is*
attractive. Heck, even an oil mix like La Fee has
something appealing when it louches wink.gif.

- Making a UE68 taste well also requires more effort -
it really *tastes* differently when you pour very cold
water very slowly than when you just slosh on some
water. FG is simply not as discriminating.

Plus UE requires much less sugar than some other brands, and unless you've personally tried the best sugar content per glass, you'll never know.

We're talking "Absinthiades Jury" level skills here -- not "Absinthe Mafia" level skills (though I do suppose it's perfectly legitimate to bitch about the fact they're so different).



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post Oct 16 2003, 06:33 PM
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It may not be as important as taste, but I want my absinthe to louche; I also want it to have a nice natural green color.
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post Oct 16 2003, 10:51 PM
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I finally started freezer-ing my water prior to dripping. I can taste a difference with UE 68, even with my young absinthe palate. There's a somewhat deeper louche compared to fridge water as bonus.


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post Oct 17 2003, 09:58 AM
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QUOTE (I_B_Puffin @ Oct 16 2003, 08:33 PM)
I also want it to have a nice natural green color.

Grrr....

Sale raciste!

Allez les blanc(he)s!

[Says he, lucky owner of a not entirely empty bottle of UE68B]

[I might add that I've Gimped a version of my little fairy penguin avatar into green, but that after this shameless display of prejudice, I shall refrain from changing my avatar to it - there's nothing unnatural about its uncoloured belly]

Now, if ever *Jade* makes it to market, I shall expect a fine green colour. But right now, some Swiss La Bleue bottles are as fine as they get, and they're not coloured (well, not all of them: I did happen to bump into a grass-green (NOT Hill's green!) bottle when my employer still had a factory in Cortaillod).


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post Oct 18 2003, 10:32 PM
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Six... you should be aware that you can actually get a bottle of fine distilled and naturally colored *green* absinthe... Check the link in my profile... Not more expensive than those so called LaBleu ...
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post Oct 19 2003, 10:02 PM
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QUOTE (Wolfgang @ Oct 19 2003, 12:32 AM)
Six... you should be aware that you can actually get  a bottle of fine distilled and naturally colored *green* absinthe... Check the link in my profile... Not more expensive than those so called LaBleu ...

Of course I am aware -- I hinted at the existence of green la Bleue (sic) in my post.

It's just that I couldn't stand the "green==good; transparent==not good" comment: it's the thing that's caused all the fluo green stuff out there (and causes people to see the bottle of Hill's despite my attempts to hide it behind lots of other stuff in my cabinet).

Though to be honest, the effects of that frame of mind *is* useful. After haing tasted Hill's, you'll know that artificially coloured green == evil.


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post Oct 22 2003, 02:24 PM
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Hello all.
Does anyone know where I might find the reproduction glass pictured on the L'heur Verte site? It is called "un etrange verre a reservoir" My french is a little rusty so forgive me if the information is on his site. Thanks.
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post Oct 22 2003, 08:30 PM
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you can't...it was found by the moderator's family somewhere in france. i have handled the glass, it is quite beautiful, and i can't date it at all, but i doubt it was made recently. (if it is, i'll hunt it down)
i would be happy to have a set to appreciate the finer absinthes from a thin-walled glass...(and i have quite a number of antique glasses)


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post Oct 23 2003, 03:31 AM
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QUOTE (Bumpferret @ Oct 16 2003, 02:51 PM)
I finally started freezer-ing my water prior to dripping.  I can taste a difference with UE 68, even with my young absinthe palate.  There's a somewhat deeper louche compared to fridge water as bonus.

Might be the stupid question of the day but what the hell.

Aside from getting the water as cold as possible, does anyone advocate chilling the absinthe itself or maybe the glass? Although it definitely works for a nice cold beer, drinking absinthe out of a frosty glass would seem a bit strange. It's probably non-traditional bordering on sacrilegious but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad idea.

Or does it? huh.gif


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post Oct 24 2003, 09:52 PM
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For Sambeau :

This mysterious glass is incredibly thin and light. Like Peter said, it has been found in the south-west of France by my parents in a a local antiques who didn't know anything about it.
I'm very curious about it, so if you guys see it anywhere, get some info smile.gif


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post Oct 24 2003, 09:55 PM
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Aside from getting the water as cold as possible, does anyone advocate chilling the absinthe itself or maybe the glass? Although it definitely works for a nice cold beer, drinking absinthe out of a frosty glass would seem a bit strange. It's probably non-traditional bordering on sacrilegious but that doesn't necessarily make it a bad idea.


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post Oct 24 2003, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE (Lord Stanley @ Oct 22 2003, 07:31 PM)
Aside from getting the water as cold as possible, does anyone advocate chilling the absinthe itself or maybe the glass?

Chilling the absinthe too much will cause it to separate, especially oil-mixes.
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