Tuesday, December 25, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Here's hoping everybody's having a great day with friends, family, good eats, and a glass of the good stuff, whatever that might be for you!

I've enjoyed a few absinthes with JS, starting with the St. George, then comparing to Edouard, Duplais Balance, a few others. St. George stands out in a crowd-- pronounced aftertastes are new to us, must be stinging nettles and/or meadowsweet. You would pick it first in a blind tasting lineup-- there's nothing like it. It benefitted from a cube of sugar after trying them all at 2:1, then watered to 3:1 or so. We kept coming back to "medicinal" and "greens" for flavor cues-- sort of vegetal, tea-like.

Thrilling that an American absinthe is as unique as this, appropriate that it comes from the Bay Area-- first had stinging nettles at the Chez Panisse Café-- it's one of the original gourmet ghetto ingredients-- chuckled when I first saw it listed on St. George's label!

For a little holiday cheer, try coming up with a new absinthe cliché/pun with this handy form:

Or, make your own:
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If you come up with a good one, please leave it in the comments!

Update 11:30 PM: also a little Kübler, Lucid, Nouvelle Orleans, Marteau,...

2 comments:

  1. AbsintheMan.com12/26/2007 8:28 AM

    Sounds like an interesting bottle of St George. When you say "medicinal" you are not talking like Listerine or Hills style absinthe are you? Im hoping not! I cant wait to try it. Im in line for the second batch.

    Here is my quote....

    "Absinthe makes the art show blonder."

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  2. Thanks for the kind words on my blog, Latency Issues. I have heard bad things about the Kubler so I have been hesitant to spring for a bottle. We have also been very spoiled here as our bass player spent a large portion of last year in Europe and brought back a few cases of different varieties. So we now have a taste for the good stuff.

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