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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Chad Landry, Dec 31, 2009.
I had Absinthe when I was in Europe, but the green fairy didn't visit. Maybe tonight!
This some kind of tradition for drinkers like children have the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy? If a guy gets drunk and knocks his wife's teeth out, and puts them under his pillow does he awake to find a restraining order there instead?
Hey CJ, I was under the impression we couldn't have this stuff in the states. How does it taste? And more importantly can we get it here?
What's with the utensil in the glass?
I was curious enough to read a little about the stuff and many of the pictures that I found also have that or a similar utensil with the glass.
It was prohibited for many years, but allowed again in 2007.
Real stuff, with wormwood?
as for the taste, it is terrible. the utensil in the glass is a spoon of sorts with slots in it. you are supposed to put that over the top of the glass you are pooring into, and put a sugar cube on top. you then poor the liquor over the sugar cube to help with the taste. it doesnt help.
theyve been selling a knock off for years. i had it in 03, and will try to do my best to never have it again.
absente has no thujone, the chemical in wormwood, hence no fairy, just plain drunk. i rather enjoy the taste, though.
I'm working on a pic of the back label now.
EDIT: I stand corrected: Apparently now there is US Legal Absinthe with wormwood, but essentially no Thujone. (I guess trace amounts are there but so little as not to qualify as being there pursuant to US food rules.)
Thujone is the active ingredient in wormwood, and is used as a pesticide, used as a "medicine" to kill worms in people and animals. It is a poison* which at fairly low does acts as a narcotic and "psychic stimulant"... thus seeing the "Green Fairy".
(To be fair most medicines are poison; "the does makes the poison", the same for pesticides, many are used as both pesticides and medicine, again the dose makes the poison.)
I don't find the taste unpleasant. This isn't my first time with Absinthe, either.
It tastes just like a form of cough syrup that my mother gave me as a child. I think it was Vick's formula 44.
She would sweeten it with sugar for my sister, but I never needed the sugar. I found the taste kind of pleasant.
I've heard that Jagermeister tastes like cough syrup, too, but I've never tried the stuff.
Unless things have changed I think you can only get real Absinthe is to order it from overseas
there are other sites but I have gotten it from here http://www.greenfairy.org/ with good results
Texas law doesn't allow us to mail order liquor, last time I checked.
it takes a lot more wormwood to make you "trip" than is in the bottle. If you were to drink Absinthe until you started tripping you'd have died from alcohol poising long before. its glorified jager.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), the plant from which absinthe is produced, has been mentioned in all sorts of texts and literature throughout history from as far back as the Bible. (Supposedly, after the serpent was expelled from the Garden of Eden, wormwood grew in his trail out.)
Wormwood and wormwood soaked in wine has been used all through ancient times as a 'cure' for everything from labor pains to rheumatism to bad breath. In the middle ages, it was even used to prevent flatulence in dogs and a deterrent to the plague.
Modern absinthe was rediscovered publicly by a French doctor named Pierre Ordinaire in 1792. Dr. Ordinaire was a Frenchman living in Switzerland. During his trips in the Swiss Val-de-Travers mountain regions, he 'discovered' the wormwood plant and developed a drinkable recipe. The drink was once again promoted as a cure-all and immediately earned the nickname La Fee Verte.
Absinthe has its commercial origins in 1797. For some time before, Mere Meriod had been privately creating her own version of absinthe. An entrepreneur named Major Henri Dubied bought the rights to her recipe and began marketing the bottled product in the Val-de-Travers and surrounding area. Major Dubied's daughter married a man named Henri-Louis Pernod. Mr. Pernod and the Dubied family then created a partnership company to produce, market and sell absinthe based on their own variation of the Henriod/Dubied/Pernod recipe. Thus begins the origins of the first product made by the famous Pernod label in Switzerland and France.
Originally, Pernod's product was given to French soldiers in Algeria as a preventative medicine against fever. However, these soldiers continued to drink and popularize absinthe when they returned to France.
By the mid to late 1800's, the reputation of absinthe was at its peak. The most famousand popular artists and writers of the day were well known to have received their inspirations while drinking absinthe. Van Gogh, Toulouse, Lautrec, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, Picasso, and Beaudelaire increased the popularity of the drink through the works they created. As a result of these artists' international success, absinthe grew internationally popular as well.
Unfortunately, absinthe's quick downfall started in 1905. A farmer in French speaking Switzerland, Jean Lanfrey, went on an all day drinking binge of absinthe, brandy and wine. Later in the evening, a growing and prolonged argument with his wife turned intensely tragic. Mr. Lanfrey, in his all day drunkenness, eventually shot his wife with their unborn baby, their four-year old daughter and their two-year old child sleeping in the crib. Mr. Lanfrey tried to shoot himself but failed.
Everyone who knew Mr. Lanfrey said that this violent rampage simply did not fit Mr. Lanfrey's personality. As a result, his actions were blamed not on his occasional violent outbursts he was known for, nor for the mixture of drinking all day with wine, brandy and absinthe. Propaganda focused solely on the fact that he drank two large glasses of absinthe.
Immediately, European communities began attributing absinthe as "the cause of bloodthristy crime." The anti-absinthe campaign was now in full force and in 1908 it was banned completely in Switzerland. By 1923, absinthe became an illegal alcohol in most countries including America, Germany, and France.
i stand educated and corrected, Chad. my apologies. the bottle i have does not say that. perhaps i've let it sit for far too long. cheers to you, sir. remember to not cut off one of your ears on that stuff.
I'm sure this is the case, here. But I do like the taste of the stuff(weird as that may seem), and I do get buzzed with a far lesser quantity of Absinthe than I do with other liquors of 50-percent-plus alcohol content.
I tend to stop at a very pleasant buzz, though.