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Absinthe

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PS: The "Heure verte" site gives ratings in English for the French absinthes (see right column: les absinthes, then France).
 

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Oh, and as far as the US customs are concerned, the worst that can happen is that they'll confiscate it, I assume. But most customs officers are actually lenient, in my experience. They have smiled at me too, with my foie gras, breads and plants. They even didn't say anything when I obviously had gone over my limit on alcohol.
 

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Well, we've discussed scotch and vodka, so how about absinthe.  I hear it's "different."  I'm not going to put on strobe lights and crank up The Jefferson Airplane or try to recreate the life of Hunter S. Thompson, but I'd like to try some.  I know its illegal to make in the U.S, but is it available in Canada?  Is it against U.S. customs regulations to bring it into the U.S. because a friend of mine is going to Germany in a few weeks.  Anybody got any info?
I don't know where your friend will be staying in Germany. But you can buy the real stuff (incl. wormwood) in any Dutch liquor store.

So if he is staying close to our border it might be closer than Poland or the Czech Republic. I don't know about availability in Germany itself. In most European countries it is still illegal.
 

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It was a favorite of E. Allen Poe. Â Read his stories and I think you'll get a good feel for what drinking a lot of absinthe might do to your psyche.
It was also Van Goghs favourite drink. Some people claim he cut off his ear when he was under the influence of Absinthe. But van Gogh had more than one mental issue anyway, so I wouldn't believe it
 

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(Mike @ 08 Dec. 2004, 05:37) Well, we've discussed scotch and vodka, so how about absinthe. Â I hear it's "different." Â I'm not going to put on strobe lights and crank up The Jefferson Airplane or try to recreate the life of Hunter S. Thompson, but I'd like to try some. Â I know its illegal to make in the U.S, but is it available in Canada? Â Is it against U.S. customs regulations to bring it into the U.S. because a friend of mine is going to Germany in a few weeks. Â Anybody got any info?
I don't know where your friend will be staying in Germany. But you can buy the real stuff (incl. wormwood) in any Dutch liquor store. So if he is staying close to our border it might be closer than Poland or the Czech Republic. I don't know about availability in Germany itself. In most European countries it is still illegal.
I saw it for sale a few weeks ago in Dusseldorf. I was suprised, and it might have been either without wormwood or smuggled, but it was there.
 

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(Roy @ 17 Dec. 2004, 07:35)
Originally Posted by Mike,08 Dec. 2004, 05:37
Well, we've discussed scotch and vodka, so how about absinthe. Â I hear it's "different." Â I'm not going to put on strobe lights and crank up The Jefferson Airplane or try to recreate the life of Hunter S. Thompson, but I'd like to try some. Â I know its illegal to make in the U.S, but is it available in Canada? Â Is it against U.S. customs regulations to bring it into the U.S. because a friend of mine is going to Germany in a few weeks. Â Anybody got any info?
I don't know where your friend will be staying in Germany. But you can buy the real stuff (incl. wormwood) in any Dutch liquor store. So if he is staying close to our border it might be closer than Poland or the Czech Republic. I don't know about availability in Germany itself. In most European countries it is still illegal.
I saw it for sale a few weeks ago in Dusseldorf. I was suprised, and it might have been either without wormwood or smuggled, but it was there.
The ban on Absinth in Holland has only been lifted for a couple of months now. You can get both kinds here, so pay attention when purchasing. If you buy absinth, also buy some absinth glasses and spoons. It's a bit easier to drink like that
 

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I wouldn't say it is necessarily "easier" (some absinthes actually do no require sweetening), but there is a whole elegant ritual about serving and appreciating absinthe.
 

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I wouldn't say it is necessarily "easier" (some absinthes actually do no require sweetening), but there is a whole elegant ritual about serving and appreciating absinthe.
I'm not really a Absinthe drinker. I have been introduced to it by some of my Russian friends. But I prefer vodka myself
 

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