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Pernod Absinthe

I've managed to locate Pernod Absinthe in my area, and I've always been curious to give absinthe a try. I don't have any particular expectations; I'm just interested in a new experience. That being said, does anyone know if Pernod Absinthe is of good quality with a decent thujone content, or is it one of those weak pseudo-absinthes? Is it worth paying the hefty price to give it a go, in your opinion?

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  1. From what I know on absinthe (which is to say, not much), with almost every absinthe out there there's more thujone in a thyme leaf than there is in a serving of absinthe. It wasn't the thujone that made all those artists loopy; it was quaffing a 136-proof liqueur like it was Kool-Aid.

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      That's sort of my expectation, but I'm still wildly curious to try it, just for the taste and to say that I did it. At the same time, if I do it, I'd like to do it right and drink real absinthe instead of the fake stuff that's frequently sold.

    2. Wasn't absinthe outlawed in the US?

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      1. re: alkapal

        I'm in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! No idea about US laws.

        1. re: alkapal

          It's currently illegal to import or purchase in the US, but perfectly legal to possess and consume.

        2. unless you purchased in Europe this is american ok absinthe. It won't be different than strong alcohol. Stong licorice flavor.
          Absinthe does have properties that will cause hallucinations etc. There are several different types of wormwood. Within the US several differnt types grow.

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          1. re: coastie

            I'm in Canada; I wonder if this would be the same as European absinthe then or not?

            1. re: coastie

              No, no, a thousand times no! The alleged hallucinogen, thujone, is in such minuscule amounts in absinthe that you'll be dead of alcohol poisoning before you get any effect from the thujone.

            2. We were just a Prague and real Absinthe was everywhere. On a info folder in the hotel it was stated it could not be brought back to the US but Canada was okay so you should be able to get it.

              The myth of Absinthe has been repeatedly dispelled, the amounts in modern (and antique Absinthe) have been tested over and over and it does not contain enough to cause "visions". Somebody did some overtime ona great marketing gimmick.

              1. My boyfriend had an absinthe cocktail in Croatia this summer. I didn't find it to be very good or memorable (ha!).

                1. From the sounds of it, it looks like my $80 would be better spent on a couple bottles of Grey Goose instead, so I'll take a pass on the absinthe! Thanks to all who responded for the advice!

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                  1. re: vorpal

                    there are a few websites from which you can order european absinthe that ship to the US. I've gotten two orders wthout any problems. these are made in old(19th century) Absinthe distilleries and have wonderful flavors, and which will produce a slight tingle on the end of the tongue(which I expect is from the high proof, about 70% alc). The sites also have silver absinthe spoons, water drippers and absinthe glasses, if you want to go all out on the experience. A bottle is really all you need for that though. Feeverte.net has a list of vendors that ship to this country

                  2. The US is starting to ease up on restrictions.
                    It is legal to buy Lucid Absinthe which is distributed in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.
                    Here is another brand that is close to approval.

                    1. http://www.drinkupny.com/category_s/8...
                      Drinkupny is selling kubler 53 at a little over $50 a liter plus free delivery (I do not know how that will apply in Canada). This is a big price break over the usual hushhush importations. Kubler is a swiss blanche and is pretty well received by absinthuers although as a blanche it seems to lack the herbal complexity of a verte.
                      Don't expect any hulabalutions, just add a little ice water slowly and enjoy.