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Oxygenee
For those poor souls who don't get the monthly VAM Newsletter, here's a link to the new Herbsaint section at the Virtual Museum, which showcases the extraordinary collection of bottles, documents and memorabilia assembled by Thegreenimp. Jay's work in this field is absolutely remarkable, and there's lots here which has never been made public before, and which significantly expands our understanding not just of Herbsaint, but of the early history of absinthe in the US.
Provenance
Très cool.
Patlow
"The Best Eye Opener" is classic! What a time...
MrsAbsomphe
QUOTE(Provenance @ Jan 29 2007, 01:31 PM) *

Très cool.


I thought he was the drummer for Green Day.


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Absomphe
Mebbe he's also a collector of vintage Herbsaint. unsure.gif
Provenance
Jour Verte?
Ari
Great page. chickawow.gif
Donniej
But how does it taste? abs-cheers.gif

Yes, I searched but didn't see a review...
Absomphe
It's post-ban, so it isn't bitter.
Donniej
is it floral at all or merely a pastis?
AndrewT
Vintage Herbsaint was quite tasty indeed, very floral and complex. Modern Herbsaint is little better than pastis (maybe worse, it's been a while since I tried it).
justabob
Well lets put it this way. About four years ago I bought two bottles, one is still unopened and the other nearly full.
Kirk
Sounds like a keeper.
thegreenimp
Vintage Herbsaint was nicely balanced, and shared a number of traits with a nice vintage absinthe. Like that oft mentioned baby powder scent.

The modern version of Herbsaint, is better suited for use as a mixing ingredient in cocktails like a Sazerac.
Absomphe
QUOTE(AndrewT @ Jan 31 2007, 10:15 AM) *

Modern Herbsaint is little better than pastis (maybe worse, it's been a while since I tried it).


Worse than Bardouin, or Muse Verte, butt nearly on par with most others.
speedle
I guess I'll cancel my search of liquor stores for the stuff, and just be content reading the web site and imagining the "what if" of it all. absintheglass-glow2.gif
KillDarr
I bought a bottle at the liquor store a couple of months ago. I only drank 3 or 4 glasses before I just sinked the rest of the bottle. It was just unpleasant.
TommyGun
I have a small mini bottle from the 30's. Can it be prepared just like absinthe? Adding water till the clear layer on top goes away? I've been wanting to taste it but just haven't known how to prepare it. I know the Frappe was the most popular but I want to really taste this one - I've got one shot at it.
thegreenimp
Yes.

From the 1937 Herbsaint recipe booklet.

thegreenimp
If you have a brain tumor, or recent head injury, you can try this one:
Jaded Prole
Considering that a common remedy back then was a shot of ammonia in a coke, that sounds like a beter alternative but I can't see wasting absinthe on such a thing.
The Standard Deviant
Absinthe? This is herbsinth.
fryke
A few drops of Pastis or Pernod at the bottom of a glass that you fill with Coca-Cola, btw., makes for a really nice summer drink.
thegreenimp
Something very old.
Wild Bill Turkey
Are there any images of the label when it still said "Legendre Absinthe"?
thegreenimp
The label was similiar, with just a change in one word.
thegreenimp
An early two piece label.
thegreenimp
Legendre did their own copy of Peychauds bitters. 1930s
thegreenimp
Mixed cocktail 1930s.
Wild Bill Turkey
Wonderful! Thanks!
thegreenimp
Ground Zero.
TommyGun
Speaking of New Orleans, the patron saint of New Orleans is also the patron saint of France and of distillers: Louis IX

thegreenimp
Mr. Legendre in his later years.
Steyr850
I've never noticed your blog site before. Very nice.

And the bottles exceptional as always!
thegreenimp
Some vintage graphics.


Early graphics
thegreenimp
thegreenimp
Vintage Herbsaint glass and brouille.

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Only a $1.50 in 1955.

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thegreenimp
Late 1950s labels.

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thegreenimp
Legendre's Drug Store, with a nice window display.

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thegreenimp
Something a bit older from Legendre's Drug Store.

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Grim
So when's a good time to view these items up close?
thegreenimp
Come on down anytime, someone wants to meet you.

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Nymphadora
What a magnificent looking fellow!
eric
If Grimmy is going to be in Houston, I want to go too.
G&C
Me, too.
thegreenimp
An interesting card from the late 1950s. pirate2.gif

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The flip side.

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Donnie Darko
Suissesse? Sounds like the same recipe for the short-lived Jade Suissesse.
Wild Bill Turkey
Hi-Def Suissesse Recipe (version #1)
Patlow
Now that's an egg nog for the holiday!!!
crosby
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Nov 20 2008, 06:22 AM) *

…the short-lived Jade Suissesse.

The fact that someone poured me a glass of it means it wasn't short-lived enough.
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