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« on: December 02, 2012, 05:07:29 PM »
I know this isn't a new product since Absinthe actually has been legal in the States for quite some time now. This stuff is as probably as close to the classic absinthe one can get with 10mg thujone per serving. According to my research this is most likely more ppm than the original product. Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I've had a pastis everyday between the classic 5-6 pm to celebrate the drink and to stimulate the appetite.

It's fairly nice with just ice but thought I'd demonstrate the "louche" without the wasteful flaming of the sugar-cubes. Dilute about 3-1 and serve well chilled. Sip and enjoy the delicate flavors.




I get some indefinable stimulation but where it really shows up is the effect on my dreaming. Very vivid and complex. Ever see Inception...?
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Re: Absente
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2012, 05:11:38 PM »
Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I always figured it was just because it's 130 proof. ;)
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Re: Absente
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2012, 05:38:07 PM »
That has been a main point of those that say there is no "effect" other than the strong presence of alcohol. I'm fairly new to this particular liquor so can't say definitively but it seems to be a very possible.

Quite tasty if you like anise- which I do... Absinthe as an aperitif is quite excellent.
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Re: Absente
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 05:52:53 PM »
I don't think alcohol has any effect on how vivid your dreams are. I get the most vivid and just stunningly beautiful dreams when I haven't had a drink in days. It's probably something in the herbs used to make it, but who knows...
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Re: Absente
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 05:59:00 PM »
Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I always figured it was just because it's 130 proof. ;)

Or even stronger from some of what I read back in the day, and they drank a lot of it.

Sage dressing in someones Thanksgiving meal had much more Thujone.
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Re: Absente
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012, 09:09:58 PM »
I tried Absente when it originally came out and used Southern Wormwood instead of Grande Wormwood and I wasn't a big fan. I'm curious how the flavor has changed now that it has been reformulated.

Personally, I'm a big fan of Lucid absinthe. That is my go-to hooch for when I want to get good and ripped :)

I can't say that I've noticed any "psychoactive" properties that couldn't be attributed to alcohol itself, but I do think it has some mild stimulant effect. Normally I'm out cold after I've had a few too many, but I can usually go all night on absinthe. It also probably helps that I like to mix it with something like Mt Dew or Full Throttle :)
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Re: Absente
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2012, 08:06:03 AM »
I'm fairly new to absinthe too. I haven't had a lot of other brands, but I do enjoy Absente. It has a pleasant anise flavor to it. It is not sickening sweet like anise liqueurs.  I like by itself or traditional method with the louche.  Most of my friends think its too bitter on its own and prefer the traditional way. I never tried the flaming method. Drinking alcohol and lighting things on fire do not always go well together for me. Although I do wonder how different the taste is.

I haven't gotten ripped on only absinthe so I cant really say what the psychoactive effects on me were.  I have had both from where I couldn't fall asleep to vivid dreams after falling asleep....but there may have been other contributors to the vivid dreams.

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Re: Absente
« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2012, 03:46:47 PM »
Euge did you buy that "Lab Chic" carafe at the same place they sell the erlenmeyer flask wine decanters?

The Pyrex?

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Re: Absente
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2012, 07:29:19 AM »
Has anyone ever used wormwood to bitter beer?

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Re: Absente
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2012, 07:38:11 AM »
Has anyone ever used wormwood to bitter beer?

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Have not used it, but it is said to be one of the most bitter things known. I would experiment on a pint of beer, with very small amounts.
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Re: Absente
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2012, 07:49:27 AM »
Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I always figured it was just because it's 130 proof. ;)
I can't figure why X shots of 130 proof liquor would be any more psychoactive than X*1.5 shots of an 80 proof liquor. Nobody every claims that Bacardi 151 or other overproof liquors are psychoactive. Also, prepared like this it is probably diluted to 50 proof or less. Soooo... I don't buy that.
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Re: Absente
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2012, 08:39:40 AM »
Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I always figured it was just because it's 130 proof. ;)
I can't figure why X shots of 130 proof liquor would be any more psychoactive than X*1.5 shots of an 80 proof liquor. Nobody every claims that Bacardi 151 or other overproof liquors are psychoactive. Also, prepared like this it is probably diluted to 50 proof or less. Soooo... I don't buy that.

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Re: Absente
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2012, 08:46:36 AM »
Here's an article about the myth of it's psychoactive effect:
http://www.livescience.com/2504-absinthe-mind-altering-mystery-solved.html


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Re: Absente
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2012, 09:27:10 AM »
Regardless, I'm fairly sure that thujone isn't the main effector in this drink but is part of a synergistic medley of herbs.

I always figured it was just because it's 130 proof. ;)
I can't figure why X shots of 130 proof liquor would be any more psychoactive than X*1.5 shots of an 80 proof liquor. Nobody every claims that Bacardi 151 or other overproof liquors are psychoactive. Also, prepared like this it is probably diluted to 50 proof or less. Soooo... I don't buy that.
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Re: Absente
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2012, 09:45:28 AM »
I can't figure why X shots of 130 proof liquor would be any more psychoactive than X*1.5 shots of an 80 proof liquor.

This is where I get to break out one of my favorite terms in the entire English language, "confirmation bias". ;)
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