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  1.  (502.1)
    It's been done for beer and whiskey so... Absinthe!

    I've been enjoying the following two...

    Absinthe

    Mata Hari and one called Reve Lucide that came unlabled. Both i'd recommend hightly.

    One I drank as a student in the nineties called 'Mari Mayans' I really wouldn't recommend to anyone at all... It is to Absinthe what Bells is to Scotch.

    There was one even worse that I'd buy from Safeway in a triangular bottle, but I've forgotten the name.

    There was another that was turquoise and tasted of mouthwash I was given a miniature bottle of. That went down the sink... Probably rotted the pipes too.

    Anyone have any absinthe recommendations, or warnings?
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    I am a big fan of the Jade Liqueurs made by Ted Breaux.

    http://www.absintheonline.com/acatalog/Jade.html
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    I second the recommendation for Jade Liqueurs. It's expensive, but it's good. Has anyone tried "Lucid"? I heard that Breaux made that one too, and they have it at my local liquor store.
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      CommentAuthorm1k3y
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008
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    i got on the absinthe recently for my birthday. the place we went didn't hold back with the presentation. i don't recall what it was exactly tho.

    absinthe dilution

    we moved on later to Marilyn Manson's brand. it was ok.

    i'll have to go back there soon tho and make a full report
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008
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    I quite enjoy absinthe, but I'm not very knowledgeable about it.
    I usually just go to this shop and ask what the person working there recommends. They're always pretty attentive and helpful. At least for someone at my level of understanding.
    The most recent absinthe I tried was Duplais. It was tasty and herby and I liked it. Yum.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2008
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    I have a bottle of Fruko-Schulz Absinth Flor in my room. It's pretty bitter but the taste is rather enjoyable.

  4.  (502.7)
    I have only tried... Doubs Mystique "Carte d'or". I live in California and was not aware that it was even legal to bring into the US or of the whole pre-ban post-ban business. SO my question is for those out of U.S. drinkers, can you get anything that has the more "traditional effects" or is everyone drinking sauce that is essentially hopped up vodka with anise chasing some Moulin Rouge fantasy?
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008 edited
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    matthewkuborn, for your questions about "effects" and legality, I suggest: http://www.oxygenee.com/absinthe-faq/faq2.html

    Edit: This might be quicker: http://www.oxygenee.com/absinthe-effects.html ; http://www.oxygenee.com/absinthe-america/legalization
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      CommentAuthorNygaard
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
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    I have been told even the absinthe of old didn't contain anything that would induce hallucinations. It was a convenient scapegoat when no one wanted to admit that some fine old pillar of society died of final-stage syphilis.

    I guess alcoholism fueled mainly by absinthe would eat your brain a bit quicker than normal. But hallucinations induced by permanent brain damage is not the same as a wormwood high, if such a thing exists. I guess you could add belladonna if you were aiming for that authentic old european crazy. If you knew enough about chemistry and got lucky you might even survive.

    I really like the bitter taste, though I'm mainly familiar with the drink as 80% alcohol shots. The watered-out version is a bit too sweet for me, but I can just about stand one drink that's been trough that trick with the burning sugarcube.
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    @matt bevilacqua, I have Lucid as well and have compared it directly to the Jades by Breaux. Compared with the Jades, I find Lucid similar, but less complex. A little plainer tasting, if you will. But it's still completely drinkable in my opinion. I have taken to keeping the Jades for when I want a drink of absinthe, and using Lucid for if I am out of the Jades. I also have tried Lucid in some of the relatively complex cocktails where the delicate characteristics of the Jades would be hidden. Hope that made sense.
  6.  (502.11)
    I loves me some absinthe. I have a bottle of Duplais saved for when I finally get done building my cabin, so there's always that to look forward to. My favorite brand thus far is Kubler, which is a blanche and smooth as silk. I've not yet tried any of the Jade line, but I've heard that they're exceptional.

    @Nygaard: If you're drinking good absinthe, don't involve fire. The flaming sugar was never part of the traditional absinthe ritual, and was only introduced in the 80's, when cheap Czech absinthes were brought back on the market. The hope was that the burnt sugar would cover the taste of the foul absinthe. If you're drinking anything potable, though, just drip the water over the sugar cube on the slotted spoon. Cheers.

    Will
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    I mean yes, i liked what we tried (stated above) but or the price i had to pay for it in the US i prob. would rather get a couple good bottles of wine or some Delirium Tremens
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    @matthewkuborn: Oh yes! A beer called 'Delirium Tremens'! I need some of that...

    @steveburnett: I'll definitly try the Jade Liquers. I've been buying from German website so using a British one should be cheaper too. I've been buying 3-4 bottles at a time to make it worth it and giving some of them as gifts.

    I'll second the just dripping water over the sugar cube too. I never use fire. In fact more often than not I don't even bother with the sugar either. The Mata Hari especially can just be enjoyed with water, or as shots which I sometimes do.
    • CommentAuthortheFake
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
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    I am a big fan of the Jade brand Absinthe. I brought 1901 some to a party this weekend, since I have friends that also like to partake in the beverage. On guy there had no idea what it was, and tried to swig a mouthful from the bottle. As soon as it hit his throat he started gagging and coughed it up. It was slightly infuriating, yet really funny.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
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    The two Absinthes I see most often are Sebor and La Feé. Sebor is drinkable, but has this weird 'savoury' taste to it which doesn't agree with me too well. La Feé has a much cleaner taste. I picked up some red absinthe in the Czech Republic, which was surprisingly good considering I was expecting some kind of nasty tourist trap poison. I'm sure some people will consider this blasphemy, but rather than drinking it straight I prefer my Absinthe as a long drink with healthy amounts of lime cordial and tonic water.
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008
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    I still wish to try some absinthe, but am not clear on what separate the Authentic from the Swill, but it seems everything available near me is pretty expensive, so I don't want to fuck up my first attempt.

    Clicking on some various links in this thread now, knowledge here I is.
  9.  (502.17)
    I forgot to link to the website I've been buying from for the last few years...

    Absinthe24.net - The one that sells the Reve Lucide, which is their own specially bottled Absinthe.
  10.  (502.18)
    There is a lot of evidence that absinthe was effectively demonized by the work of the French wine industry. The reason absinthe was popular in the late 19th century/early 20th century is due to the fact that the French wine crop was decimated due to two blights. Absinthe filled the vacuum left by wine, but once the crop was up and running again there was much more of an attempt to demonize it.

    Take this into consideration that several years ago when there was a surplus of wine in France, the industry heads overseeing that area decided it was better to pour the surplus of wine down the drain rather than lower cost.

    The French wine industry or just another Cosa Nostra?
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    @Ares... It is only really a matter of taste as far as i can tell, it isn't a matter of "effect" as i was kind of naively expecting when i shelled out 150usd for a bottle. That is alot for a poor editor, but it was cool and def. worth being a one time thing.

    @alwayscrashing... Dude if you were in the US i could tell you where to pick it up but my buddy turned me on to it, it is DAMN GOOD. Not as good as Rogue (which i dont even know if you can find on your side of the pond either) but is worth hunting down. Do they import local US beers other than the swill like bud and corona?
    • CommentAuthoracacia
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2008 edited
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    I thought this was already linked, but: http://www.feeverte.net/guide/

    For the effects, I've always found this to be the most apt explanation: "Those nebulous compounds, as well as those in all its herbal ingredients, might be the key to what is often referred to as absinthe's "secondary effect," the particular sensation drinkers experience above and beyond that of alcohol inebriation. "The thing about absinthe is, despite the alcohol you feel very lucid," Breaux says. "If you look at the different herbs that are used in absinthe, they're employed in very high concentrations, and those herbs have different effects. Some are excitatory, some are sedative. So it's kind of like an herbal speedball. It's a very subtle thing. Absinthe is not like taking an illicit drug. That's all highly exaggerated." - via http://www.absinthebuyersguide.com/Articles/TedBreaux/tedbreaux.html