Ever find yourself with the good stuff but no appropriate watering rig? I got dripping in a few minutes using this setup..."ghetto."
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
It doesn't appear to be a crime, sadly. Scott Joseph, restaurant critic for the Orlando Sentinel, compares the Absinthe Bistro in Orlando to L'Absinthe Cafe in Paris:
He brought to the table a glass, a carafe containing the liquor, a special silver-plated spoon, a sugar cube and a device called an absinthe fountain. He rested the spoon, which is flat and slotted and resembles a cake cutter, over the lip of the glass and put the sugar cube on the spoon. Then he poured the absinthe from the carafe over the sugar cube and into the glass. Then he set the sugar cube on fire, the blue flames licking into the glass.Interesting to see how the "ritual" has been bastardized by Czechsinth.
The fire part of the ceremony, it should be noted, is more theatrics than necessary. In fact, aficionados say setting the sugar cube on fire ruins the flavor. But I was in no position to argue with the man.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Two beautiful short volumes lovingly produced by hand by book artist Michael Waltz offered for sale at The Virtual Absinthe Museum:
Ernest Tisserand's 1922 "Éloge de la très précieuse liqueur d’Absinthe", or "Eulogy of the very precious liqueur absinthe", a slim, 8-page volume produced in a series of 100 numbered and signed copies:
a wonderfully elegiac memoir of the absinthe era that contains one of the very few contemporary references to the use of an absinthe fountain, and the first reference to home-distilled absinthe in the post-ban period. This is the first published English translation.
Also produced in a signed, numbered series of 100 copies
"La Fée Verte - Poetry of Madness":
La Fée Verte - Poetry of Madness is the first of a series from the Nepenthes Press showcasing unpublished or hard-to-find literature from the absinthe era. This first volume features absinthe-related poetry by Verlaine, Rimbaud, Charles Cross, Raoul Ponchon, Gustave Kahn, Victor Hugo and August Strindberg (all in English translation), together with poetry by Marie Corelli, Ernest Dowson and Glen MacDonough.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
...wow that went fast! Goals for the blog for the coming year:
* Visit local distilleries and interview stillmasters: Distillery 209 (San Francisco Pier 50), Anchor (San Francisco), St. George Spirits (Alameda), Domaine Charbay (St. Helena), Essential Spirits (Mountain View), Sweetwater Distillers (Petaluma), Sarticious Spirits (Santa Cruz)...
* Interview local herb cultivators (not of the Mendocino variety)
* Build an interactive "history of..." timeline.
* Get this thing off Blogger.
* MUST attend 2007 Absinthiades.
* AND/OR attend the 2007 Fete d'Absinthe in Boveresse.
The cache appears to be depleted at this point [sniffle], but the glowing review leads one to wonder about so many points of technique... the coloring is pale-- are modern "correct" absinthes too colored/seasoned? So many questions, and a thrill to read.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Update: Nope, the still is by Christian Carl.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Those who have been fortunate enough to have been able to taste these and have also tasted the pre-release Jade PF 1901, are unanimous in their remarks as to the striking similarities between the vintage bottles and the Jade clone.
Please: don't order any (before I do)...
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Sazerac Cocktail History at the What's Cooking America makes little notice of the absinthe, discussing the history involving Peychaud. As I read it, "patent medicine" usually involved some drug (opioid, coca extract) we can't accurately replicate:
The Sazerac cocktail is to New Orleans what the margarita is to the southwest. It is reported to be the first cocktail every invented (at least in the United States). Antoine Amadie Peychaud, a Creole apothecary, is given the credit for first inventing the Sazerac cocktail in the 1830s. In 1795, he immigrated to New Orleans from the West Indies and opened a drugstore called Pharmacie Peychaud. Like many "chemists" of his day, he sold his own patent medicine; Peychaud's Bitters, a proprietary mix of aromatic bitters said to relive his clients' ailments. His medical toddy soon became very popular and friends gathered regularly to sample his late-night drinks.Also see Liqueurs de France's note on the Sazerac, specifically the "Cognac Sazerac-de-Forge."
Sunday, November 12, 2006
A federal judge refused yesterday to bar Christie’s in New York from auctioning a painting by Picasso that a German banker’s heir says was sold under duress in Nazi Germany.Hmmm... would nullifying that pre-war sale be a precedent for judging other dubious sales throughout history? What about treaties?
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Repotted, everything seems happy and healthy, waiting for a nice corner planter. With a windbreak on the balcony, I wonder what I could put out there that would do well in the cold.
2x wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
Hyssop "Tutti Frutti" (???, Agasache cana?)
English Wedgewood thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) (not doing well),
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Monday, October 16, 2006
From an Italian addiction blog comes news of a study finding no detremental health effects from absinthe drinking other than those encountered in common alcoholism. The study will be published in Bio Med Central and was led by Stephan A Padosch (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg), Dirk W Lachenmeier (Chemisches und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt CVUA Karlsruhe) and Lars U Kroener (Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität zu Köln). Say that ten times fast.
From the blog (not the report):
Based on the current available evidence, thujone concentrations of both pre-ban and modern absinthes may not have been able to cause detrimental health effects other than those encountered in common alcoholism.
Today, a questionable tendency of absinthe manufacturers can be ascertained that use the ancient theories of absinthism as a targeted marketing strategy to bring absinthe into the spheres of a legal drug-of-abuse. Misleading advertisements of aphrodisiac or psychotropic effects of absinthe try to re-establish absinthes former reputation.
Friday, October 06, 2006
In New Orleans recently, I wandered into a bar next to the cathedral, attracted by the large "WE HAVE ABSINTHE!" sign. When I asked what they had, I was poured a glass of Absente (ouch) in which a spoon was dipped and lit (double ouch) as I wheezed "wait". No point making a stink, and it was a delicious enough pastis, but I couldn't leave without explaing to the (very uninterested) bartender that it wasn't, in fact, absinthe.
Seems like folks get suckered a lot by "people in the know" who stand to gain from either deception or ignorance. It was interesting to read an article this morning about a bar in Orlando which appears as well to serve Absente as "absinthe," sans qualifiers or shame.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
L'absinthe restaurant in New York,
Absinthe Brasserie & Bar in San Francisco,
Absinthe Bar in Amsterdam,
Absinthe Cafe Resto Bar in Ottowa, Canada,
Absinthe Films "Full Spectrum Snowboarding"
Absinthe show at the Spiegeltent
Monday, October 02, 2006
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Winners were announced July 20 for the 2006 International Wine and Spirit (IWS) Competition:
|Tasting Category||Country||Award||Winning Spirit||Producer|
|Absinthe 55%||France||Silver (best in class)||Doubs Premium Absinthe||TNB (Pty) Ltd|
|Absinthe 60%||France||Silver (best in class)||Amer aux plantes d'Absinthe Combier||Combier|
|Absinthe 68%||France||Silver (best in class)||Absinthe Nouvelle-Orleans 68%||Jade Liqueurs|
|Absinthe 72%||Switzerland||Gold (best in class)||Absinthe Duplais||Matter-Luginbühl|
|France||Silver||Absinthe Edouard 72%||Jade Liqueurs|
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Gotta get me one/some...
eAbsinthe.com has a slightly different "classic" model for £99.95 (~$188):
La Maison d'Absinthe in New Orleans has the "Lady" and "#2" models for $160 (2-spigot) and $225 (4-spigot).
Everything Absinthe (eBay store) has a few "lady" and "classic" fountains for $145-$175.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Sweet party last night at Brickyard in Boston-- all of Ted Breaux' varieties, and a few others. To get enough, employees ordered max qty for weeks... and there's lots left. They're going to win awards for work they do on the 'sinthe; not sure if they understand that... First class party with glasses, spoons, and even two fountains. The Edouard clearly contains Artemisia pontica in the seasoning herbs-- damn that Ted Breaux!
MANY thanks to the hosts for their warm hospitality!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
New Zealand Herald: "Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder" (Nov 2005)
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