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Absinthe makes the tart grow fonder. - Dowson
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Absinthe Cocktails Book
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Posted by Jonathan
on 12/10/07

Reasonably competent overview of the current state of absinthe in the US, courtesy of NPR (National Public Radio). Pretty shallow but fun to actually hear about absinthe, rather than read about it.

Absinthe: A Potent Potable Makes a Comeback

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Posted by Jonathan
on 12/07/07
Lance Winters @ St. George

The articles are coming out fast and furious, now that restrictions on absinthe seem to be loosening (at least until the next mass murder laid at absinthe's doorstep). Here's another article on absinthe, with a nice introduction to St. George Spirits, this time from The New York Times. We loved this quote from the article:

"I had the image of a spider monkey beating on a skull with femur bones," Mr. Winters said. But he said that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau thought the label "implied that there are hallucinogenic, mind-altering or psychotropic qualities" to the product.
"I said, You get all that just from looking at a monkey?"

So the rules are still quite murky and subject to whim, but at least they seems to be relaxing. The author of the piece is Yet Another Person who associates absinthe with the horrid concoctions that are "Czech-sinthes":

And I was astonished by how delicate, gentle and refreshing they were. Astonished in part because of my earlier run-ins with absinthe. There was the Portuguese stuff that looked like radiator fluid and tasted like a mouthful of copper. There was the Czech product that a friend smuggled past customs in a mouthwash bottle. I would have preferred the mouthwash.

We here at inAbsinthia have't yet put our tastebuds on the line for you to try any of these, but we suppose we really must at some point. But before we do that, we'd love to get our sweaty palms on a bottle of St. George Absinthe Verte.

A Liquor of Legend Makes a Comeback

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Posted by Jonathan
on 12/07/07
Sure looks like an honest-to-goodness, commercial, US-made absinthe is coming to a shelf near you. Well, 'near you' if you happen to live in the Alameda California area, anyway, as the absinthe from St. George Spirits (better known as the distiller of Hanger One vodka) is going to be produced in small batches, uninteresting to the major distributors.

This is a very nice story on the distillation of the product. The writer even interviews Barnaby Conrad, the author of one of the better absinthe books, "History in a Bottle". There's the usual discussion of absinthe's checkered past, albeit in a very objective fashion. It also mentions the bizarre restrictions on the label:

the word absinthe on the bottle's label had to be small and used with a qualifier like St. George's Verte or Kubler's Swiss Absinthe Superieure.

Alameda distiller helps make absinthe legitimate again

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Posted by Jonathan
on 12/06/07
Found on the front of The Boston Globe's Lifestyle section is a long article about absinthe making its legal headway in the United States. It starts off on the wrong foot, by describing a local bartender making an absinthe drink by burning the sugar (oh, the Horror!). But at least the author admits:
traditionalists would cringe - why obscure the flavor of good absinthe with burned sugar? - but it does make for a nice piece of theater.

It then goes on with a reasonable thumbnail of absinthe history, even minimizing the lurid details. A description of the two absinthes available on US shelves (Lucid and Kubler) follows, including the interesting fact that the big hold up was the word 'absinthe' until earlier this year when the petty bureaucrats in charge of it mysteriously relent, allowing them to use the word in small type! Whereupon the big argument was font size and placement - oh jeez.

The author then tries Lucid (look for a review here soon) and finds it much more agreeable than his previous attempts with ghastly Czech-zinthe. T.A. Breaux, Lucid's creator, is, of course, quoted, downplaying thujone. And then he goes on to try the Kubler, which is a blanche, and finds it less complex than the Lucid.

All in all, a pretty good mainstream article on the available absinthes.

Green light - The Boston Globe
Green light Absinthe, illicit and alluring, is now available in Boston

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