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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 09:59 AM
After 80+ years of a ban, Absinthe is back on the market. Tasty stuff. It's very herbal and liquoricey like a nice Ouzo.
I kinda like the whole history part of it and the ritual of pouring it into the glass when it's clear-green, pouring iced water over sugar cubes until it attains a *louche* or a cloudy, milky look. Don't know about the Green Fairie thing, but I will say this- I had 4- 1 oz drinks, done with the water, in 2 1/2 hours. I remember nothing after 7:00pm. I don't remember going to bed or anything else for that matter. I must've set the alarm, because I got to work at 3:00 AM on time. No hangover, in fact I felt great this morning.
Thujone content is less than 10 ppm, which was common in the vintage Absinthes. Some can be bought with as much as 65 ppm, but are so bitter they not only are undrinkable, they don't even resemble the real Absinthe.
It's neat. try some.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:06 AM
Very cool, have been intrigued myself but haven't taken the plunge yet. A buddy of mine did, found a german website that shipped to the US. He reported the same things you did as far as quantity and such.


 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:08 AM
I had some about 5 yrs ago, as a friend ordered some from Czechoslovakia, and he had all the paraphenalia and did the ritual. It was ok, but I kept thinking of the line from Animal House, "will we go schitzo?". I think it was Van Gogh' drink of choice, and we know what happened to him!

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:09 AM
I think I love the art associated with it too...(I'll stop now)



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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:12 AM
I have a bottle at home that I savor for a rare occasion as it is so bitter that it is hard to swallow so much as stomach. But I found something quite different as far as effects. While very lucid I have a hard time blurting out complete nonsense.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:12 AM
Always wanted to tryt it...where's it at?

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:18 AM
It's back, really? I was just reading up on this recently and didn't know you could now get the real stuff here. Did you buy locally or online, i'd like to get some. I stayed at a very cool B&B in Amsteram and there was a bottle in my 'bar'....with all of the cool paraphernalia. I tried some just to say I had, not much, didn't get the full-effect.

 

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It's back, really? I was just reading up on this recently and didn't know you could now get the real stuff here. Did you buy locally or online, i'd like to get some. I stayed at a very cool B&B in Amsteram and there was a bottle in my 'bar'....with all of the cool paraphernalia. I tried some just to say I had, not much, didn't get the full-effect.


I got mine from a local store. It's called Lucid and it's available in many areas. They also have a website that will help locate distributors. You can order onlne from drinkupnewyork.com. It's $72/750ml, includes shipping everywhere in the U.S.
I got mine localy for $59.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:24 AM
At the ABB at the Beacon a couple of years ago the guys next to me had some in a flask that looked like a cellphone - you unscrewed the antenna to get to the good stuff.

It was ok, reminded me of Ouza/Sambuca. I may have to try some now...


I also remember having a lot of fun in the Old Absinthe Bar in New Orleans..... but that's a different story....

 

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For a neat Website, check out www.wormwoodsociety.org

Lucid does contain Wormwood.

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:34 AM
i like it,a glass of that when you get in from work does the job, i usually get mine from Portugal .
 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:41 AM
http://www.originalabsinthe.com/

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:46 AM
Some boxers use Absinthe before a fight.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 10:47 AM
Will have to look into this - have always been fascinated by the stories surrounding it.

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I also remember having a lot of fun in the Old Absinthe Bar in New Orleans..... but that's a different story....
Sang - I have one of these stories, too (great place!).

 

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Will have to look into this - have always been fascinated by the stories surrounding it.

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I also remember having a lot of fun in the Old Absinthe Bar in New Orleans..... but that's a different story....
Sang - I have one of these stories, too (great place!).


Me too. One of my favourite bars in the Quarter. Blind Bryan Lee and his band were the house band there for a while, great blues.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 11:02 AM
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Will have to look into this - have always been fascinated by the stories surrounding it.

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I also remember having a lot of fun in the Old Absinthe Bar in New Orleans..... but that's a different story....
Sang - I have one of these stories, too (great place!).


Me too. One of my favourite bars in the Quarter. Blind Bryan Lee and his band were the house band there for a while, great blues.
Bryan Lee is great! Have a couple of his CD's.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 11:28 AM
I have a good friend that I go camping with. I asked him if he had ever drank any. Below is his returned email................

Yes, It is better in Europe ( France ) than what you get here. It has a good taste-kinda like licorice. You drip cold water over a sugar cube into a half a glass. You can see the “ fairy dance “ as the water drips into the green liquid. The stuff in France or Amsterdam that you get still has some hallucinogenic effects. The hangover is terrible, Maurie and I brought some back from Paris but it is all gone now.

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 11:31 AM
Ok, here's my understanding. Prohibition has not ended, but Lucid and other products are produced with an allowable amount of the key phohibited ingrediante - thujone. Seems like the jury is out on whether or not it's 'real' absinthe, but many aficionados believe it is......interesting.

http://www.drinklucid.com/

http://thespiritworld.net/2007/06/21/lucid-absinthe

http://realabsinthe.blogspot.com/

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 12:23 PM
just what we need, another way to get high

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 02:16 PM
I had some about a year ago. Unfortunately, it was just like sipping Everclear. I think it came from the Czech Repulic. No "interesting" effects

Some suggested it wasn't the real deal. There's other medicines I'd prefer to Thujone, but in these times of prohibition, well...

 

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Interesting.

About a year ago I wheeled around on my heal staring at an endcap at my local "red-dot" A.B.C. store and immediately inquired with the proprietor as the end cap had stacks of greenish liquid-filled bottles spelled almost the same but NOT QUITE.

So, we went round and round about how it was still not legal in the states and the company with the endcap was merely playing on those that would fall into the trap of thinking they were getting something they could not have.

WHAT DID I DO?! I offered to bring him back some of the "real deal" on my next trip back from the Republic of South Africa where its as common as it is in many areas of the EU. My alcohol proprietor now blows the horn at me in traffic, waves across restaurants and various haunts...we're TOO good of friends.(I was cornered by him in the grocery store 50 miles from my house one night for over an hour in the beer-aisle)

The drink has never made me hallucinate or see stuff that wasnt there...I've consumed copious amounts. It is just another one of those things that were made illegal under antiquated laws not because of the product itself...but because there was no regulation as to WHAT was being put in the stuff. Illegal substances in a legal alcohol will indeed produce a wide variety of reactions by different peoples.

"Jack Leg" was a perfect example of lifelong lasting side effects of drinking alcohol that was not being regulated during prohibition.

Regulate the product, let us have it.

It got a bad rap because persons were doping up the absynth and using dope themselves....and I aint talking weed.


 

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About a year ago I wheeled around on my heal staring at an endcap at my local "red-dot" A.B.C. store and immediately inquired with the proprietor as the end cap had stacks of greenish liquid-filled bottles spelled almost the same but NOT QUITE.
Probably this stuff that uses a hybrid form of the wormwood (making it legal in US)
http://www.absente.com/

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 03:48 PM
Better be careful with that stuff. If you drink too much, your core values will match those of Henry, Peter, Jane, and Bridget.

"Absinthe makes the heart go Fonda"

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 03:54 PM

Absente contains Southern Wormwood and is fake absinthe. Lucid is the real deal. From the Lucid Web site:

Lucid contains a full measure of Grande Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium). By contrast, other products with a claimed relationship to Absinthe contain Southernwood (Artemisia Abrotanum - sometimes referred to as Southern Wormwood). Southernwood bears little resemblance to Grande Wormwood and has a completely different flavor and chemistry. Genuine Absinthe, such as the Absinthe made during the Belle &#65533;poque period in France, has always been made with Grande Wormwood as a key ingredient. In fact, the word "Absinthe" itself is derived from the scientific name for Grande Wormwood- Artemisia absinthium.

 

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  posted on 2/21/2008 at 05:05 PM
I had this stuff once a few years ago, and yes, it's fully legal. Absinthium 1792 was the brand, it was Czech. Nobody hallucinated, but it was a very good drink and I really enjoyed it. I don't like licorice, but I did like the drink and I may pick up some Lucid some time.

 

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