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Old 05-19-2006, 09:03 AM   #11
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For sipping not chugging

From personal experience, a small amount will do. Good to accompany expresso,
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Old 05-19-2006, 09:28 AM   #12
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I never heard of it - probably a good thing .
Same here, I have never heard of absinthe, or of its attributes. This posting has caused me some concern.........because...........I raise wormwood, have raised it for about 25 years. Of course this sent me scrambling to my herbal books. None of my herbals mention anything 'out of the ordinary" concerning this plant, although it does list its common name as absinthe. Absinthe just has never meant anything to me. I raise it for my goats to eat, it is a natural vermifuge. The vermifuge effects are realized by feeding the plant after it has flowered. I swear I have never seen my goats do anything unusual after eating wormwood, but I will sure keep my eye on them in the future
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Old 05-19-2006, 10:04 AM   #13
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I've drunk it a few times. Have never noticed any adverse or odd effects, though. Mind you, I can't say it would ever be my drink of choice, any more than ouzo would - but I wouldn't refuse a glass if it was offered
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Old 05-19-2006, 05:06 PM   #14
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Same here, I have never heard of absinthe, or of its attributes. This posting has caused me some concern.........because...........I raise wormwood, have raised it for about 25 years. Of course this sent me scrambling to my herbal books. None of my herbals mention anything 'out of the ordinary" concerning this plant, although it does list its common name as absinthe. Absinthe just has never meant anything to me. I raise it for my goats to eat, it is a natural vermifuge. The vermifuge effects are realized by feeding the plant after it has flowered. I swear I have never seen my goats do anything unusual after eating wormwood, but I will sure keep my eye on them in the future
From what I've read it's not simply the wormwood that can bring about "interesting experiences" amongst Absinthe drinkers, but a combination of wormwood and the plethora of other herbals and plants that go into the mix. I'd venture to say that your goats will be completely fine
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:06 PM   #15
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Yes, I have a bottle of absinthe spirited from Hungary several years ago. It's got a very dark flavour, rather like licorice, a bit. I have an absinthe spoon used for proper presentation of the drink, with sugar, water and fire.. It's also a key component of one of my favourite drinks, the Sazerac. For that drink, you swirl the absinthe in the glass, just to coat it, then you add bourbon, peychaud bitters and ice. Have a couple of those and you'll surely see the green fairy.
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Old 07-17-2006, 05:03 PM   #16
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I've never had but would love to try it, even if it is just once. I actually happen to have a recipe for it.
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Old 07-17-2006, 10:13 PM   #17
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I am no stranger to the green fairy. Whilst living in Holland we consumed more then rational quantities of the stuff. Bitter, nasty, freatness. Be sure to melt suger cubes into it...AND BE CAREFULL!
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:42 PM   #18
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There is a new beverage called Four. A few friends drank it...a malt beverage that is part energy drink, with a little Absinthe in it. They were mixing it with vodka.
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Old 07-18-2006, 02:44 AM   #19
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Absinthe is only prohibited in the united states. Not necassarily illegal. Lets say you order it from an overseas website then you have the risk of it getting confiscated from customs. Only thing that will happen is you will lose your money. Now if the company you order it from will pack it properly it should get past customs. But once you have it, your fine. Lets say the police raid your house for some odd reason and they find a bottle, you won't get in trouble.

I haven't personally tried it, but want to. What brought Absinthe to my attention was Johnny Depp. In a interview he did a while back, someone had ask him about his drug use. He told them that he used to smoke opium and did a little bit of cocaine here and there but those were to dangerous. He said he did however fall in love with Absinthe. He liked it a lot, but was afraid he would cut off his ear like Van Gogh.

From what I understand there is a lot of Absinthe knock off's on the market. You have to really know what your doing to get the "ClassiC" stuff. I have seen a lot of bottles sell for $59-$75 but that is knock-offs. If you want the real thing your going to pay around $250+ for it. There of course there are still some bottles from the old days going around but your looking at a couple of thousand for those.

I would order some myself, but I would hate to pay 250 something dollars and risk getting it seized by customs. I do however want to try it extremely bad. Lot's of famous people have been inspired by Absinthe. Van Gogh, Picasso, Edgar Allan Poe, and Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde was one inspired by Johnny Depp. Depp actually slept in the motel room where Wilde died. Back in the day Oscar wrote in his diary what one of his experiences was while drinking Absinthe:

"One night I was left sitting, drinking alone, and very late in the Café Royal, and I had just got into the third stage when a waiter came in with a green apron began to pile the chairs on the tables.
'Time to go, sir,' he called to me. Then he brought in a watering can and began to water the floor.'Time´s up, sir. I am afraid you must go now,sir.'
" 'Waiter, are you watering the flowers ?' I asked but he didn´t answer. " 'What are your favourite flowers, waiter ?' I asked again. 'Now, sir, I must really ask you to go now, time´s up,' he said fairmly. 'I´am sure that tulips are your favourite flowers,'I said, and as I got up and passed out into the streets I felt-the-heavy-tulip-heads-brushing against my shins."
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Old 07-18-2006, 03:17 AM   #20
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Yes, I did.

I'm from Brazil and some years ago, it was not illegal anymore to drink Absynthe, as long as the formula was approved. I've had it a couple of times, but always as part of a drink. I think it's too strong to be drank by itself, but it's great if you mix some of it with champagne (this drink was called Hemingway in the bar I used to go).
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