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Old 05-17-2006, 11:16 AM   #1
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Ever Had Absinthe?

Just curious if anyone has ever had absinthe? It is illegal in the U.S. but you can order it online and i think i'm going to get some. There was a controversy over it because of the wormwood that it was made with caused halucinations and "brain corrosion"

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Old 05-17-2006, 11:18 AM   #2
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I have not had it, but a friend of mine tried it. He said he did not halucinate, but it was the drunkest he had ever been.
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:22 AM   #3
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I really want to try it. The type that is made now doesn't have either any, or as much wormwood. That is what was supposed to cause halucinations. I have a recipe for an absinthe cocktail like they use to drink.
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:24 AM   #4
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I believe, depending on where you get it, you can still find it with a decent amount of wormwood. I know when he bought his bottle that was one thing he looked at.
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:45 AM   #5
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Yes.

We brought a bottle back from France (the real thing) a few years back for a friend. He opened it and I had a drink with him. I recall it being very strong. I liked the taste (I like things like Chartreuse and Italian amari).

I didn't hallucinate but recall a feeling different from intoxication via beer or vodka or something. A "weird" feeling. Not at all unpleasant. But certainly not enough to make me want to buy it ($$$$) and drink it again.
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:53 AM   #6
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I had it once, in Prague. (One of the few places that is not illegal to buy/sell the product). The taste itself was not unpleasant, I didn't particularly "halucinate" either but the effect of intoxication kicked in quite quick and with some force, and I remember seeing certain things in double. If you enjoy this type of "particular" experience (like you may do in... say, Amsterdam...) you may like it. Me, no thanks...
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:58 AM   #7
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Years ago I was seeing a guy whose style reminded me a lot of the 19th century absinthe drinkers, so it was no surprise that he had a bottle. A tiny sip with water and a sugar cube was all I had (never enjoyed feeling any sense of intoxication from alcohol, personally). It's really quite something else, a tad like various other bitters, but somehow it felt like it had a deeper, more complex taste and the flavour of anise stood out to me.

For those interested in Absinthe, this site is quite interesting (plus I love the look of the site): La Fee Verte
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Hey, it may make you cut off your ear. No, but it was a fad when we were travelling through New Mexico. We passed on it. My legal vices are fine enough for me!
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Old 05-17-2006, 03:43 PM   #9
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I've heard that Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.
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I never heard of it - probably a good thing .
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