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      01.11.2012 17:39
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      A strong drink

      Anything that used to be banned will always attract attention so when I first visited the Czech Republic many years ago I was eager to try my first Absinthe. I can't say I loved it because it made me very ill! However, it's potency attracts me and I love to have a bottle in the cupboard so we can have a shot with friends after dinner. I think I like setting it on fire the best!
      ==Price and availability==

      I bought a bottle from a local wine shop which cost me £17.95. Dedo was the brand and I was attracted to the long thin bottle with a Modigliani-esque lady on the bottle. The bottle is 20 cl and it is 75% proof.

      ==Taste and look==

      The drink is green and is often called the kiss of the green fairy. It is made from herbs and it has a very fiery kick to it but it has a distinctive herbal taste. The traditional method of drinking it is mixing it with sugar and water but I prefer it as a shot with sugar and set on fire. If you get hold of an absinthe spoon or a regular tea spoon and place a sugar cube on top thaqt is dipped in absinthe you should then set it on fire. As the alcohol burns the sugar will melt into the drink and then drink the warm shot. The sugar takes the edge off the woomwood which is the main ingredient. This is not a one off drink as it is very strong. I'm sure you have all heard the rumours that Van Gogh cut off his ear on this stuff.

      ==The mean green==

      This is one of those drinks that everyone loves to try because it is quite novelty so when it gets brought out at a gathering people are really interested in it. I personally can only drink one shot and then I have had enough as I will be on my back! I love the hot kick it gives and would drink more if it was not so strong.
      I have tried quite a few Absinthes before and I like the Dedo branded one the best because it is smoother and less harsh. It is good quality and although very expensive, it is genuine Absinthe. I would definitely recommend this to any Absinthe lovers.

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        13.10.2012 18:21
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        Worth trying!

        I initially bought Absinthe out of curiosity. The minty flavour was fresh and not in line with the traditional spirits of vodka, or whisky. Although, I would say it's something you can become sick of after a while, but at the time it is very moreish because of the refreshing minty tastes.

        The traditional way of drinking this spirit, i.e. with a sugar cube and filtering water through it, is perhaps the best way of doing it. It does not work well as a mixer with things like coke, or orange juice. This is possibly due to how it looks the the eye, when you mix it with there it turns a murky brown colour which does not appeal. I would also recommend trying lemonade, this is because it is clear and would look more appealing as it is said, you do eat with your eyes. The lemonade would also add to the flavours and lemons would compliment the mint well, and they would create and even better burst of freshness in your mouth. I however drank this spirit straight, or on the rocks!! It was quite tart, and for this reason I would definitely recommend using the sugar cube and water, or the lemonade, which was recommended to me by the barman.

        I would say it is a useful addition to a cocktail collection, and is good for shots (but in moderation), because of the extremely high alcohol percentage, which in some cases is in the range anywhere between 45 and 75 percent. The presentation of the drink, i.e. the bottle is very pleasing to the eye. The bottle which I bought was the green bubbled effect bottle from ASDA, it was around £20, which to me is quite good for the value that you are getting. There are also varieties of absinthe, which are white or black, the kind that I bought was white, and I can say I have never tried the black, sadly.

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        21.01.2010 18:57
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        drink with caution!

        New years eve. The time to get together to welcome the new year in happily singing aud lang syne or the time to get wrecked glugging green liquids that taste like toxic waste and completely blend your mind? My new years eve was somewhere in the middle, my brother came over and he bought a bottle of Apsinthion Absinthe - de luxe round with him. I've never tried it but though what the hell, have a shot of that! (or two, or three). :P

        Absinthe is a spirit. The one my brother bought to my house was 55%, higher than your average vodka and gin and I was told you're meant to drink it with pop or water, not neat. A single shot of this puts you over the drink drive limit I think!

        Back in the day, Absinthe was used as a painkiller to cure things like period pains. Mind you, if you drank a lot, never mind not feeling pain, you wouldn't be standing!

        I've never tried it before but decided to have a shot after a shot of smirnoff. It was only a small one, but good god! My throat felt like it was engulfed in flames and I soon reached for the water! my face went crimson and needless to say, I didn't do it again! It is very very strong, much stronger than vodka or anything like that. Even the men weren't drinking it in shots without some funny faces!

        I had some with coke later on and it still had a strong taste despite the higher coke:absinthe ratio. It has a sort of aniseed taste but extremely strong, I didn't really like it.


        This is by far the strongest alcoholic drink I've ever tried and I would not recommend drinking more than a short or two of it. Many pubs won't even serve it or more than two shots to one person because of the strength.

        In ASDA, you can buy the same bottle of absinthe that I had, Apsinthion Absinthe - de luxe for £17.36 for 50cl which is expensive but if it tickles - or burns your fancy, then give it a try. But beware!

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          09.12.2009 15:47
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          A drink that I will definately have in moderation

          This is a review on 'Hapsburg Traditional Absinthe'.

          Absinthe is a spirit which has only recently started being known in the UK. It has a volume of 72.5%, and as it is so strong it is recommended not to drink it neat, but rather to mix it with a bit of water. One bottle is 36.3 units, with one 25ml shot being 1.8 units. The product is sold in a tall thin bottle that is clear, therefore allowing you to see the green coloured spirit inside the bottle.

          Absinthe was originally used to ease women's menstruation pains and to ease rheumatism! This really doesn't surprise me - if you drank enough of this I don't think you would be able to feel anything! Since then, the proof has been further increased! In many countries it is illegal to attempt to make this drink at home as it is very dangerous to do so! It is such a strong drink that it has actually been banned in the USA, Belguim and Switzerland! Although, I'm not too sure if it is still banned there today. I think this definately makes the drink more intriguing!!

          The good news is that it is sugar free and has no carbs, but the bad news is that as the proof is SO high, you really shouldn't drink too much of it. In the pubs in my area (Mid-Wales), they will refuse to serve you more than 2 shots of Absinthe, per person, again this is because of the high volume.

          One bottle of Hamburg Traditional Absinthe can set you back £36.43 for a 50cl bottle on www.thedrinkshop.com (at least £5 per shot in pubs). However, I think the reason it is so expensive is to try and discourage people from buying too many of them because of its strength, and also probably because it takes a long time to make!

          It has a very, very strong aniseed taste, and can still be smelt on your breath a few hours after drinking it! When drinking it, it makes you feel like your throat is on fire, and to this day I have never seen a man who's thinks he's butch, have a shot of absinthe and not pull some kind of face!

          I have never, ever, come across an alcoholic drink that is stronger than this one, and to be honest I don't think I'd want to, this is plenty strong enough!

          Overall, this is a very, very, very strong alcoholic drink that should definately be drunk in moderation. It even states on the bottle that 'It is dangerous to drink in excess'. Even though this is probably stated on many alcoholic spirits, this is probably the first drink I've had where it really is true!

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            10.08.2009 00:10
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            It has a very interesting history and is endorsed by lots of famous people.

            Although Absinthe has a scary reputation, the reality is a lot different.

            It is a highly alcoholic drink (45-68% Alcohol by volume) containing the herb wormwood and the psychoactive chemical thujone. Wormwood was used in Ancient Egypt and has been used as a treatment for Malaria. The latest Malaria treatments contain derivatives of absinthe as it reduces fever and digestive parasites. Wormwood is also good for your liver, for digestion and for your gall bladder. So there is a slim possibility the herbs in it counteract the alcohol as far as your body goes.... I also have found you do not get a hangover with it as you normally would had you drank a third of a bottle of a 68% drink!. Things just seem funny the next day. Although you are lucid and aware of everything going on when you drink it, the next day you may get gaps in your memory but you'll know you didn't do anything ridiculous as you are very aware of what was happening.

            Absinthe was made popular in the 1880s and was the drink of famous artists such as Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec and authors- Oscar Wilde, Paul Verlaine, Rimbaud etc and banned in most countries in 1915. The French President at the time is known to have said if they didn't ban absinthe one half of the population would spend all their time putting straightjackets on the other as absinthe has a reputaton for either making you into a genius or a madman. Is that a risk you are prepared to take??

            It began to be sold again around 2000 and the only absinthe that has been authenticated as adhering to the ORIGINAL parisienne Absinthe is La Fee Absinthe (La Fee Parisienne) that you can now buy in SOME Tesco stores 45% = £17.19. And Bargain Booze shops 68%= £23.15.

            I first tried absinthe in around 2000, and this was served to me as a shot that was set on fire first and mixed with a little sugar. I lost around 4 hours that night and didn't touch the stuff again. It is commonly held that if you drink absinthe then you must be either suicidal or trying to get so drunk you forget everything. The reality is different-- VERY VERY Different.

            The PROPER way to serve absinthe is as follows:

            take ONE shot of a GOOD absinthe (ie: LA FEE Parisienne)
            Pour this SLOWLY over one sugar cube into a glass
            Slowly pour 3-5 shots of iced WATER over the sugar cube so it dissolves
            STIR
            DRINK
            REPEAT x approximately 3.

            Oscar Wilde famously said "After the first glass you see things as you wish they were, after the second you see things as they are not then finally, after the third, you see things as they really are and that is the most horrible thing of all".

            You absolutely do NOT set fire to absinthe. Nor do you drink it neat. In france in the 1880s they used to serve it as described above.

            When made properly, you get a lovely mint green "louched "coloured slightly aniseed smelling drink that does NOT taste alcoholic. It is pleasant and you are supposed to enjoy it and sip it like a tall drink.

            You have to respect the drink. If you do, it will do great things- if you have a few of these, the first thing you notice is you will start to feel calmer. Then you will slowly start to feel your brain wake up. Absinthe speeds up your brain but slows down your body, it gives you a lucid "drunk". You never feel "drunk" when drinking it and you can type, hold a lucid debate, think logically and funtion highly after a few drinks. Saying that, it is not for the faint hearted- they are not lying when they print the alcohol content on the bottle. With absinthe though, it seems to make you focussed and not slurry.

            I hate feeling "drunk". Before I read about and tried La Fee parisienne, I had sworn myself off alcohol as I normally would go out, have three drinks., begin to feel drunk and slowly become depressed and stop drinking. I hate the falling around slurring state some people seem to adore- its not for me. Whats the point in getting so drunk you throw up for days and can't remember anything? I have a "so come on, impress me" attitude with drinks. So far nothing has done this except La Fee and Mansinthe - all versions of Absinthe.

            I cannot recommend it enough if you are looking for a new experience- it is absolutely best to drink it in the house as I only know two bars that sell La Fee and the bar staff do not know how to serve it. I had to tell them and they didn't have any white sugar to hand and they used warm tap water and charged me £5 for one shot I had to persuade them to mix - although it says on the bottle itself how you are supposed to serve it.

            It is an enlightening drink, but you have to respect it. Don't burn it, don't drink it as shots and don't mix it with other drinks. Only buy the good stuff, endorsed by the historians. Research it first and enjoy the ritual of pouring your drink SLOWLY over a sugar cube and a spoon. Invest in a spoon with holes in it so you can rest a sugar cube on the spoon over your glass and drizzle the water onto the sugar until it slowly dissolves. Its an artform type of drink.

            If you like getting absolutely smashed then don't even try this, you probably won't like it. It makes you more aware of things. It makes you think.

            Absinthe is endorsed by a lot of famous people- Johnny Depp ordered the first UK bottle of La Fee and took it to Hunter S Thompson's house to drink, Marilyn Manson was an ambassador for La fee until he brought out his own absinthe called Mansinthe (66.6%)- Mansnthe is also fantastic but tastes stronger than La Fee. The list goes on... In history- famous french artists Manet, Van Gogh, (see above) ... Lots of well known people have drank it or written about it. How can so many people be wrong?

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              20.05.2009 12:22
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              If you like seeing things then this is for you, if not, then stick to your normal spirits.

              Absinthe is a very strong liquer that can be drank in shots, or as a mixer. It tastes like aniseed and is quite smooth on the throat unlike other liquers that are quite similar in strength. It is about 55% alcohol and is said to contain an hallucinegenic which is why it has a stigma attached to it about previously being illegal.

              I've only ever had absinthe once, on a night out that was meant to be a "quiet one". Everything was fine after a few beers, but then one of my friends decided to get a round of absinthe in. We weren't sure about it as we heard many bad things but we went through with it anyway. After that, the night was a blur for everyone who had tried it. On the way home, i got a call from my mate's girlfriend who was worried because he had taken a detour home, through a park, and was now chasing ducks!!

              Drink this at your peril, you have been warned.

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              12.03.2009 20:49
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              I would buy it at £10 but as things stand it's just not worth it.

              Absinthe is a strong spirit made with wormwood which is supposedly a hallucinogen.
              You can buy absinthe online but it is very expensive, a 50cl bottle can easily exceed £30 largely due to postage. Alternatively you can buy it from some Sainsbury's stores for £17.49 - you can check if your local store stocks it by placing a bottle in your online shopping basket.
              Absinthes have a volume of between 55 and 85% and have varying amounts of wormwood.
              I have tried two brands: sebor and absinthion (the latter is the one sold by Sainsbury's) both of which I drank straight and found far easier to drink than whisky or brandy.
              The flavour is like Aniseed and liquorice, you don't notice the high volume in the taste but it does feel warm when swallowed.
              I didn't really notice much effect form the wormwood: there may have been a slight shimmering and the TV picture may have seemed more engaging but there was nothing which couldn't be explained as a combination of alcohol and placebo.
              I didn't get a hangover but I had a very mild headache for days, this may have been incidental.
              I do like absinthe but I think it is very over priced and doesn't deserve all the hype over wormwood which doesn't seem to do anything.

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                07.01.2008 01:01
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                There is good absinthe and Bad absinthe

                Wow!

                There are allot of negative things in these reviews. Like all booze a lot of it is rot gut (Czech stuff). However if you are traveling to western Europe any time soon I highly recommend you look up a bar called Marsella in Barcelona. The absinthe is good and the atmosphere is authentic. Absinthe should not be bitter, it should be almost like tea if it made correctly and served correctly.

                In Spain there is also a brand called Obsello that is amazing. Unfortunately its really hard to find. It looks like there are getting into the business of selling absinthe to the English speaking world since they have a splash page up in English (I did a search for the company before writing this).

                The drink does not make you as drunk as people are describing here either. I had one quarter bottle of Obsello with friends a week ago. We were drunk but also hyped up. We partied all night and didn't pass out. In the morning I didint have a headache either.

                Here are some relevant links:
                The Liquors de france is expensive but its good. The Obsello is great but not open for orders as of now?

                Good Luck!!!
                <a href="http://http://www.absintheonline.com/acatalog/Jade.html/">Liquors de france</a>.
                <a href="http://www.obsello.com/">Obsello.com</a>.

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                • "Contains an hallucinegen"

                WHAT IS ABSYNTH? ----------------------- Absynth is a green Liquer which is made from a blend of Alcahol, Liquerish, Anaseed & Wormwood (which is a mildly hallucinegenic bitter plant used to tread people with parasites throughout history) and has an alcahol content of 75 to 95% depending on the blend and make. It was banned many years ago because it was thought to make people crazy (after all Van Gough didn't cut his ear off drinking water), It has since been legalised in the UK but is still very much illigal in The United States. OPINIONS: ------------- I personally am a fan of absynth, It's a good drink to make even the heaviest drinkers choke. My favoirite tricks are pouring two shots and then drinking yours allowing the other person to attempt it themselfs (for the first time), making deadly coctail shots with it and garggleing with it to show that it's not THAT bad. Personally I do like Absynth, but then again I like Extra Hot Tobasco Sauce as a food dressing (don't get me wrong I have very sensative taste buds) Thanks for your time and I hope to have convinced a few others to make the plunge...

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                  20.12.2002 18:54

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                  Scary, scary stuff!! - Advantages: Very drunk , very fast, Amuse your friends - Disadvantages: Too drunk, too fast!!, Losing footwear

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                  11.11.2002 04:10
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                  "How dare he say that?, van gough cut his ear off while smashed on this!" Yup, i can hear you all saying that but to be honest from my experiences with this mint-green drink thats what i've come to find out (i've tasted several varietys of this stuuf and found that although it does get you VERY drunk VERY quickly thats about it, now i'm not saying those people who state they have gone on 'trippy' rides after downing this stuff are lying but i take those opinions with a pinch of salt. Firstly i once necked about 5 shots of this stuff in one go, did i get drunk? YES! did i cut my ear off/see flying elephants/think i was on the moon? NO! It's just not true in none-lethal volumes! I'm sure if i drank enough of it i'd be flying somewhere but i'm sure it would only be 'towards the light' after the paramedics not pumping my stomach fast enough! The drink itself tastes quite like ouzo, you either love it or you hate it, there's no in-between with this stuff, personally i like it, you get the aniseed-like taste as it slides down your throat followed by the "oh my god it burns" feeling (which can be fun depending on your sadistic intentions) as it hits your stomach, one favourite of mine is too breath in deeply afterwards, gets 'em every time! This sorts the men/women from the boys/girls! THis stuff is not cheap though, at over £30 a bottle from some places it makes you wonder whether you might as well go and buy a few cheap bottles of vodka seeing as you aren't gonig to savour either and after a few shots you'll be comatose on both drinks! Overall it's a nice drink, you can't take it on a quiet night in though, its something you can only drink when your on one of those 'lets see who gets admitted to A&E first" drinkathons with your mates, you HAVE to neck it no question, anyone who sips is either mad or thinks its tea (which is a hard
                  mistake to make) For taste... 8/10 For alcohol content... 9/10 For ear-cutting'ness 1/10 For fun value with your mates 8/10

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                    02.04.2002 21:33
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                    • "Gets you drunk Quick"

                    Ok - this drink is not for the faint hearted. I cannot stand the stuff. It tastes like anacid, which to start with I dont like. I was talked into trying some at a party, and I found it so disgusting that I couldnt phisically swallow it, and the longer it was in my mount the more disgusting it tasted. Anyway, from seeing the effects on my friends it gets you drunk very quickly. If this is your aim, then this is the right drink to be having. If you don't like Anacid, then dont touch it, and at any lengths, dont have too much - it could be deadly, as this is strong stuff. I have heard of people having hallucinations on this drink, although I am not sure how true this is, but if you have enough to get hallucinations you have probably had too much!! Although I don't personally like this drink however, I know a number of people who do like it. Whether they like it for the effect it has of getting you drunk, or for the taste, I dont know, but if you like anacid you may actually like this. This drink is not nice, it tastes foul and is not good for keeping what is in your stomach in there. And the price you pay for this is extortionate! Almost £5 a shot and about £40 for a bottle, this drink is not worth the money unless the sole purpose of your evening is to get extremely drunk. If not, and you still wish to try this, i suggest you drink slowly (to save your money!!) and carefully (so as not to be sick!)

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                      25.07.2001 20:33
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                      Absinthe is an alcoholic liquer with one of the more colourful histories to its name. Much maligned for its potency, it still remains banned across many western countries and that which remains freely available in others has its contents strictly regulated. Absinthe is an emerald green liquer containing numerous herbal extracts themselves including wormwood. Its colour is derived from the presence of chlorophyl which gives it an extremely bitter flavour and is therefore usually diluted with water and sugar to increase its palatability, although personal taste comes into this I suppose...personally I think you would have to be insane to drink it without dilution. Absinthe's notoriety comes from a hysteria which arose around its consumption during the 19th century. It was the favoured drink of bohemian circles in the western world, including such well known figures as Oscar Wilde and Vincent Van Gogh to name but a few. It was around the 1850's that people began to question problems which may arise from chroinic usage of the liquer, virtually blaming it for every single alcohol related problem of the time. A condition called absinthism was identified inclduing such symptoms as epileptic attacks, delusions and hallucinations and the proposed psychotropic effects of the liquer eventually led to its ban in France, Germany, Italy and the USA amongst other countries by the turn of the 20th century. Looking back the testing for such a condition was rather weak to say the least and it appears that the drink became the scapegoat for general fears surrounding the effects of the industrial revolution especially in France and a general attack on bohemianism in much the same way as cannabis had been attacked elsewhere. Undoubtably some of the ingredients of Absinthe could have had the proposed effects including an extremely high ethanol level of between 60% - 85% and a chemical found in wormwood known as Thujone - which has a chemical construction similar to the a
                      ctive ingredient in cannabis. Prolonged and high consumption of either could have resulted in some obviously nasty side effects. However, taken in moderation, like all alcohol should be anyway, and bearing in mind that what you get today isnt exactly what you was on offer all those years ago, Absinthe remains a very enjoyable drink. There are two traditional methods which I know about to drink this drink. The first is to pour sugar onto a perforated spoon and then run cold water through it into the absinthe which causes the shot to turn an opaque colloidal solution. This method allows you to savour the flavour of the absinthe. The second is to take a spoonful of sugar and dip it into the absinthe quickly, light the sugar until the flame dies out and the sugar becomes caramelised and then mix with the absinthe before downing quickly. Either method is equally good giving a slightly different flavour, but I prefer the first, the more traditional method, but of course it is all down to personal preference. Taste? Well I suppose aniseed is about as close as you are going to get as far as description goes, but its not aniseed...if you know what I mean. Overall then, whatever the taste, its a wonderful drink, but don't start thinking you are going to go on some weird hallucinogenic trip on the stuff because what you get in the shops now, is a hugely 'watered down' version of what was available150 years ago. Try not to get too much of a liking for absynthe either or you could find a sizeable hole growing in your pocket - like £40+ a bottle! Its a very special drink and there have been many mutterings and rumblings from those who seek to protect and control about its continuing availability so perhaps check it out why you still can might be the advice. There are numerous different brands, but I would advise checking it out abroad rather than in the UK, where you'll find the prices much lower. Happy Drinking!

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                        I first tried it in a new trendy bar in Oxford's Cowley Road (a kind of model-village Brixton for us provincial types). It was Sebor (I think), which is a little lower in alcohol (a paltry 60% - that's percent, not proof!!) than the two other main brands; Hills' (Czech) and La Fee (French), but makes up for it by having a higher wormwood content (the other active ingredient, a mild poison which is claimed to have a hallucinogenic effect). After one, the fact that it was a fiver a shot (the barman probably guessed we weren't the flushest of punters and kindly warned us first) meant that we called a stop to our experiments, but not before we'd witnessed the Czech ritual performed by a professional: 1 - Pour a measure of Absinthe 2 - Dip a long handled spoon of sugar into the spirit 3 - Light the sugar and watch it caramelise 4 - Stir the sugar in, causing the spirit to catch light 5 - Add a measure of water, producing a smooth milky green short drink Easily impressed, I rushed to the offy and parted with £40 for a bottle of Hills', an elegant, tapered, four sided bottle, looking like a memorial column for foolhardy drinkers. Over a few days at New Year's, I managed to get through it without ever reaching the perfect state of barpersonship demonstrated at the Cowley BaBa. My routine went more like: 1 - Pour a measure 2 - Try to keep a pile of sugar from falling off a teaspoon whilst dunking 3 - Light sugar. Watch half of it go crispy black whilst the other half fails to even get warm 4 - Burn fingers holding a short teaspoon as close to flaming drink as poss 5 - Add water. Wonder why the flame still won't go out, even though it's now half water 6 - Blow out the flame, ruining any remaining shred of barperson cool 7 - End up with a clear yellow-green drink with a pile of uncaramelised sugar at the bottom By the end of the bottle, I'd tried every variation
                        on the ritual with only slight success. The best I came was my very last measure, using a light brown FairTrade sugar (tried everything in the house and pinched all the pub sugar sachets I could find, looking for the right sugar). The ritual made the drink quite fun, even if I was useless at it (though my other fave is flaming sambuca - a pyromaniac anise theme perhaps). I tried drinking it neat in a fit of frustration, but pretty soon went coughing back to the fire and water method (it cures all known cold germs I should imagine). It's an aniseed spirit (like Ouzo, Pernod, Ricard or Sambuca), with a harder taste, and I think a bit less oily. The strength is one of the main characteristics of it though, and even Jilly Goulden would be hard pressed to describe it in terms any more subtle than "Ouch!" when taken neat. The obvious question though is: Is it hallucinogenic, DOES IT WORK? Legendarily widely banned, and regularly abused by artists and decadents everywhere, I didn't notice too much of an effect. I probably only had a third of the bottle at a time, and as I was on the G&T as well, the main effect I noticed was to be very happily drunk indeed. Things like furniture did seem to become very 'real' for me, and I noticed objects and especially edges of objects and the space between them in a way that I didn't normally and found very interesting. No pink elephants though or indeed green faeries, and I didn't suddenly reawaken my dormant creative gene or discover anything particularly profound (except for my new taste for absinthe). Experiments will no doubt continue when I've saved up enough for another bottle! The plus side though is that as no-one else will touch it, I get the whole bottle - unlike my gin, which falls victim to gin-fairies very quickly in my shared house. Somewhat easier to find now, and a little cheaper (£30 for La Fee at our local Tesco's), I may be able to report back from
                        VanGogh land in the nearish. I wonder how many DooYoo miles I need for a bottle...

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                          06.06.2001 07:20
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                          Parisian Cafes of the nineteenth century were full of Green Fairies! Perhaps I should rephrase that. French cafe society at that time enjoyed an absinthe, or two at any time of day. This was the age of famous artists like Van Gogh and Degas. These artists spent many hours sipping this strong, green liqueur and running up huge bills which they couldn't pay (well, Vincent did anyway!) Eventually Vincent had a 'skin full' and it pickled his brain in a major way. He had a yen to visit a 'lady of the night' and she had jokingly agreed to 'do the honours' for one of his ears. So, thanks to the influence of the 'Green Fairy', Vincent sliced off his ear and went off to do the deal. So, let that be a lesson to you! The 'Green Fairy' can entice you into some really strange situations. Just imagine the scenario the next time Vincent was in the cafe: Degas: Do you fancy a drink, Vincent? Vincent: No thanks, I've got one ear! Oh, yes, Absinthe Liqueur! This is a very strong liqueur that tastes of aniseed and varies in alcohol content to between 70 and 85%. It is usually drunk with water, but some people find it too bitter, and add sugar to it. I find that lemonade makes it quite palatable. This drink was originally made from wormwood and wine. The wormwood is what gives it the very bitter taste. This herb is a perennial which is also a stimulant. (Also used in Vermouth). It was the wormwood that caused halucinations and drove heavy drinkers mad, but the percentage of this that goes to make the drink has been greatly reduced in recent years, so the chances of very serious effects have been reduced . If you like Pernod and Ouzo then you will probably like Absinthe. It is enjoying something of a revival at present and it is considered quite 'cool' among some sections of society to drink this stuff. It isn't the same stuff as th
                          ey drank in the old Parisian cafes, where it was cheaper than wine, got them drunk and produced halucinations, from which they could paint some glorious works of art. It is grossly overpriced and because its trendy people still pay for it. You can pay anything from £30 to £70 for 70cl bottle. Personally I prefer to drink Ouzo which is also mixed with water and tastes of aniseed and costs a fraction of the price.

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                          Alcohol content: 53 % Vol / Absinthe, nicknamed The Green Fairy in cafes across Paris in the 19th century where much of the glamour was in the preparation ritual, is a combination of exotic botanicals. The traditional flavor and aroma of Absinthe can now be enjoyed in Absente as an aperitif or in a traditional presentation by placing a sugar cube on a slotted Absente spoon and balancing the spoon on the rim of a glass containing 1 1/2 ounces of Absente. Absinthe (also absinth) is a distilled, highly alcoholic, anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs including the flowers and leaves of the medicinal plant Artemisia absinthium, also called grand wormwood. Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is, therefore, classified as a liquor or spirit.