OT First US Made Absinthe since 1912 To Be Sold This Month


Most countries in Europe have lifted the ban against absinthe that many once had, and since the early part of this year a lawyer was able to get the ban removed in the US. Three imported absinthes from France, Switzerland, and South America have been sold in a few major markets for a few months. A US company had been experimenting with making absinthe for some time, and they recently got federal approval to sell it. Sales start this month. See
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Although absinthe is a strong distilled spirit and not wine, there have been a few questions here in the past concerning it. About the only connections it has with wine are that some better versions use alcohol distilled from grape wine, and there are a few drinks that mix absinthe with wine.
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On Fri, 7 Dec 2007 01:54:04 -0800 (PST)
I actually bought a bottle of absinthe (I think) this summer, but haven't tasted it yet. I thought about pulling it out for a dinner party, but then I was afraid people might get sick.
Mine is
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. I note that the one mentioned in the chronicle is selling for $75 US, whereas I paid 23 EU and that was tourist prices. Typical California pricing! :)
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. I thought about pulling it out for a dinner party, but then I
but absinthe does make the heart grow fonder............................sorry;-)
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"John T" wrote .................
WARNING: . . . . . . . . . . Consumption of Absinthe causes flatulence !!! . . . . . . . . . . . LOUD flatulence !!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . In fact as loud as an F1 racing car !!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Absinthe makes the fart go Honda !!!!!!! . . Sorry!!! ;-)))))
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The California company is very small and makes mainly high end spirits at high end prices. If absinthe becomes popular enough in the US, major companies likely will produce it in a range of prices. It likely would take some time for them to develop their versions of absinthe.
There are a huge number of brands of absinthe now coming from France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Eastern Europe etc. They range from rather vile brews made with essential oils to high end re- creations of classic absinthes and up to about 80% alcohol or more. Lucid Absinthe Superieure likely is the only French one yet being sold in US stores. There are stores in a few states that have it including Park Avenue Liquors in NYC and Sam's in Chicago. It also is sold on the West coast, but I do not recall store names.
Some of the best historical re-creations from France likely come from T.A. Breaux's Jade Liqueur brand. There is a source at
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/ that sells some of the top brands from a few countries world wide - with some limitations. The price for shipping outside of Europe can be rather high.
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The best line from the article:
"We made champagne and absinthe cocktails, which rapidly degenerated into just sipping absinthe out of the bottle with crazy straws," said Lance Winters, a 42-year-old master distiller at the seven-employee company.
(to reply, rack off the lees.)
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"cwdjrxyz" wrote
Sorry for the late reply. I just returned from an 11 night Southern Caribbean cruise.
I buy Absinthe every time I cruise to the Western Caribbean. Although a little expensive, I have a small "stash". Of course it's not legal to bring it back to the states, but I've never had a problem. I just pack it in my checked bags the night before a cruise is over and get it home that way.
I have to say, though. It is terrible. If you've never tasted it, you'll be surprised. When I drink it, I always do it the correct way (with sugar cube and water). Even with the 1/2 sugar water 1/2 absinthe, it still tastes like the original nyquil flavor.
If you haven't tried it but want to, make sure you don't overdo it. I think for most people 2 or 3 shots is more than enough. If it's authentic Absinthe, you'll feel the full effect within an hour or 2 from drinking it.
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Babie

Overrated drink, destroys your palate before a meal, and has none of the supposed narcotic effects. I don't see why it would be illegal to import in the USA.
To get back on topic, do not drink wine after you have had absynthe or even pastis or ouzo or anisette or any of those anaesthetic drinks.
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pastis or ouzo or anisette or any of those anaesthetic drinks.
Why? Just because it destroys the palate, or is there another reason?
Jose
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Indeed... but not one that would require a warning. :)
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SURGEON GENERAL WARNING Drinking absynthe may not give you the high it is claimed to give, but it will reduce your olfactory sensations and seriously hamper your ability to tell a sauvignon blanc from a zinfandel.
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reduce your olfactory sensations and seriously hamper your ability to tell a sauvignon blanc from a zinfandel.
Wait! Wait! There's no =proof= that sauvignon blanc isn't the same as zinfandel! More research is called for!
Jose
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We need to form an UN international panel on grape variety changes.
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