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Lost Highway
I recently got a bottle of Absinthe Original. After trying it not only was I disappointed, I was wondering if calling it absinthe is actually false advertising?
It has NO louche, none whatsoever. All I can really taste is the fennel, and the bouquet is not pronounced at all.
it actually seems to me like it should be a called absinth, not absinthe since it carries all the aspects if a chezch absinth. All I can say is that no one should ever EVER buy from this company. All of the reviews on the site seem totally bogus, one which read that it louched wonderfully, which unfortunately, tempted me to buy it.
It seems that everyone here would know that it is terrible, but I am a noob, and I was just wondering if people agree with me that calling it that name is indeed false advertisement.
Absomphe
Indeed™.

Actually, absinth without the 'e' is usually a clue that the beverage is of Czech origin, contains little, if any anise, and is often macerated, rather than distilled. Producers of these liquors claim that Czehs dislike anise, hence the difference in styles between traditional absinthe, and their absinth. While there might be a kernal of truth in that statement, the frequent hyping of alleged large amounts of thujone in their absinths does absolutely nothing to ameliorate their lack of credibility.
Lost Highway
Wow, this is the response I got from that crappy company, originalabsinthe.com,
Dear Brandon,

Thank you for your email, we were sad to hear about your unfortunate experience with Absinthe
Original Bitter Spirit. We can assure you that only the highest quality ingredients are used in its
manufacture and it is guaranteed to be free of artificial colourants and chemicals. It contains many
herbal extracts including angelica, aniseed, fennel, hyssop, juniper, nutmeg and wormwood (which
contains the neurotoxin chop.gif). You may know that the louche is caused mainly by aniseed and adding
more aniseed to Absinthe Original Bitter Spirit recipe would change its taste dramatically.

We were surprise to see the quote from our web site stated in your message that reads " … that it is Absinthe,
which, louches with color, unlocks a whole range of scents." I would like to ask you to to point us the
right direction to enable us to see it, so we can strictly request our IT to amend it. We are not aware of such
statement because we state that "Bohemian absinthe recipes have always meant that less anise is used in
local absinthe production, thus Absinthe does not turn milky, or 'louche' when water is added."

I would also add that strong louche is definitely NOT a benchmark of quality absinthe.

Utter Bull Shit.
And I never stated that it said it louches in the website. I said it was from a customer review, which to me
seems awfully suspicious.
dakini_painter
No one here is surprised by the response. Distributors and manufacturers of absinth have been promoting their products that way for years.

The best you can do is not to buy such products, not support the vendors selling such products.

And let your friends who think that products such as Absinthe Original are authentic know that it's not.

hartsmar
QUOTE(Lost Highway @ Jun 1 2008, 02:33 PM) *

it should be a called absinth, not absinthe since it carries all the aspects if a chezch absinth.


well... Absinthe Original IS a Czech product...
Lost Highway
Thats also why I put up the post. I know i was naive when I bought it, but I learned, now hopefully someone who is surfing the net looking for HONEST reviews of the drink will find one here, and also see that they are not advertising properly.
Selmac
Ideally it would be called neither.

My upstairs neighbor (and landlord) has a bottle in his cabinet. He would probably give me a sample for review if I asked for it.

Or forgot to pay the rent.
Le Gimp
I took a bottle of Absinthe Original to a large (45 people) three day beer party. Several people tasted it (most spit it out) and I came back with most of the bottle contents still in the bottle.

The only market I can see for it is late night bar shots when people are too drunk to discern the flavor, or too drunk to care. For that, I feel the alcohol content is too great and one risks dammaging the esophagus. (Alcohol content much greater than 45% tends to defat tissue.)
webweaver
Ha, looks like they still haven't removed the review yet!
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