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Old 02-23-2009, 11:42 AM   #1
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Default whats with this absinthe ad ?

at the top of the page.......has anyone actually tried that stuff ?

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:23 PM   #2
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I thought it was illegal in the states...

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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Supposedly the Absinthe sold in the us has the Thujone filtered out of it, since its banned by the FDA. Years back I was interested in trying some real Absinthe so I just imported a few bottles from the UK. Yes thats illegal also, but I took the chance, seems almost everyone has no problem doing so.

Anyhow the stuff to me anyway is fairly horrible, even drinking it the traditional way with sugar and a slotted spoon. I absolutely hate black liqorice though, and thats its flavor!

I have also read since its got such a high ABV that you will never be able to consume enough wormwood to get any real effect from it. By that point you would either pass out or die from intoxication of alchohal.

I look at it as a novelty, much finer spirits to be had for the price! (that actually taste good)

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:30 PM   #4
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Van Gogh and those guys must not have known any better.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:18 PM   #5
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The absinthe produced for sale in the US has far lower levels of thujone than that produced for sale in Europe. Additionally, the absinthe sold back at the peak of its popularity is far stronger than that sold anywhere today. In fact, it is illegal to produce absinthe of such strength anywhere, I believe.

The real reason absinthe was made illegal is not because of some property of wormwood. Rather, due to price some companies were trying to rip off quality company recipes (like Pernod) by using turpentine in their beverage. Due to the fake absinthe having a large share of the market there were many unintended effects eventually leading to the near worldwide ban of absinthe.

As far as flavor goes there are many different kinds the easiest way to tell is that green colored absinthe is traditional and has anise flavors. The red/blue typically has less anise and more other flavors.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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Real Ouzo from overseas is the fun liquor.

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You can legally get "real" absynthe (it's a grey area). Just do a Google search. My friend got a bottle online shipped from France - like $70 shipped for a 5th. GOD is it NASTY! But you can get it. It's nice to have a "real" bottle on the bar.

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I don't enjoy hard liquors of any types anyways, you drink it... nothing happens, you keep on drinking it... and then Wham!!! next thing you know you wake up in who knows where in Toronto with some unknown chicks along with the headache from hell...

Beer wont do that.

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:39 PM   #9
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at the top of the page.......has anyone actually tried that stuff ?
Here is an episode of Three Sheets with Zane Lamprey where he drinks it. Funny stuff.

Hulu - Three Sheets: Czech Republic - Watch the full episode now.
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:15 PM   #10
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Anyone think the Pete Wentz commercial in the middle of that episode reminds them of Dr. Steve Bruel?

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