Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Off Topic

I have never tried absinthe. I always feel like I will be the one guy who dies from it if I try it.

50 comments:

OneEyeCharlie said...

Me either. I had enough problems with Bacardi 151 and Everclear. *shudder*

mkrobb said...

You won't die. It's really not that big a deal.

Meanie Rhysie, Enty #27 said...

Oh, OneEye, taking me back to teen years with talk of 151 and Everclear. *Shudder*, indeed.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen said...

I understand it makes the heart grow fonder, though...

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

Come on guys, Mad Dog 20/20?? anyone?

Meanie Rhysie, Enty #27 said...

@Olivia, gawd no, Just NO!!!!! Blechhhh!!!

Catherine said...

I'm not sure absinthe would kill me but I'm pretty sure Boone's Farm would.

Erin said...

It just kinda tastes like medicine.

GPS74 said...

I've had it - the real stuff from the Czech Republic, not the watered down version in the States.

It tastes positively disgusting (unless you like black licorice), and you have to be extremely careful to neither overdue it or drink it with any other booze in your system.

LowKey aka Enty #58.7 (it's complicated) said...

LOL @ JAS! Doesn't it taste like anise, tho? ...pass.

Kimba said...

Over rated, it's a liquorish & licorice (sp?) tasting. My smuggled bottle never got drank, even at parties, threw it out. Nobody will die, and it would be difficult to consume a lot of it, unless you were a desperato.

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

@Meansie ;)

Deborah Frueh said...

I brought the real deal home with me when I visited Spain. It's a sweet liqueur. You won't go blind or suddenly go tearing off on a murder spree. That was all a myth because the stuff (the real stuff) is made with wormwood (you can't get it here). Actually, during the time that the myth was born, everyone was getting drunk ALL THE TIME because there was no drinkable water - so you can imagine the geniuses who came up with the story....

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

@Catherine I've definitely drank some Boones Farm blue hawian slushies and I'm still in the land of the living...Well, maybe I'm not.

Meanie Rhysie, Enty #27 said...

Omg, Orvilla, I'm so sorry I misspelled your name! :/

Shall we share a bottle of Mad Dog? ;)

AD said...

I brought the real stuff back with me once as well - I drank it with my fiancé and one of his friends. We all got drunk but it was like if we drank any other hard alcohol, nothing crazy happened. Although my fiance's friend had too much and threw up on our floor

Paint Chips said...

I had some at a bar in Vancouver. The bartender lit it on fire for us and it was pretty good, very mild taste.

Rob Kardashian said...

I SAID:
Scott, remember when you drank Absinthe that time? You were so crazy and made Kourtney so mad!

USA-free speech. #nomoderation #nocensorship

B. Profane said...

Thujone (the stuff in wormwood) is actually a fairly mild drug. The alcohol in absinthe is way more toxic than the thujone.

califblondy said...

Don't drink much hard liquor, but if you're ever in Vegas, I highly recommend the show with the same name.

Meatros said...

It tastes like chit and the buzz isn't any different. It's all hype.

NomNom83 said...

You're not missing out, Enty. It tastes like licorice and requires a whole assembly of spoon, sugar and flame. Which, yes, I think is way too much pomp and effort when compared to beer, wine or other liquors.

I don't think you can find any that is actually hallucinogenic unless you go to remote places in Eastern Europe (and even that might just be urban legend).

I do recommend "Absinthe", the Vegas show at Caesar's palace, though. Sort of a throwback Cirque du Soleil with really (like, really, *really*) vulgar language and some burlesque.

http://www.caesarspalace.com/shows/absinthe.html#.Uvp8v7SGfhI

Seven of Eleven said...

LOL @ JAS, good one!

skimpymist said...

I had a flaming absinthe shot in prague and it was the strongest yet nastiest shot I ever had. Best experience ever. Wish I could do it again.

tennis peach said...

Didn't Hemmingway, Fitzgerald and their crowd drink that in Paris back in the 1920's?

Mama Ray said...

Bringing me back to my kickin' it days circa 1993-6 up in here! Bad memories of Boones Strawberry Hills, Mad Dog 20 20, and lets not forget about the Cisco!! Beggars can't be choosers & we were still underage!! Good times.
Never had absinthe tho...

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

@Meansie yes, we shall!

skimpymist said...

Me toooo

Orvilla Bedinbacher said...

For sure, Skimpy!

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

It's greatly overhyped.
There are more chances to die after drinking some liquor in Naples called "devil" or something like that or even Palinka from Hungary.

Rolf said...

I LOVE absinthe. A few years ago it went from forbidden to allowed in my country. The makers had to change the formula a little bit and after that we were able to buy it. I often use it as a remedy against the common cold.

Melanie said...

They reduced the wormwood infusion to make it legal in the States, so you won't die or hallucinate much.

Sherry said...

Deborah Frueh is correct. One person went on a murderous rampage and they blamed it on Absinthe so it was banned. They forgot to take into account EVERYTHING else he drank before said rampage.
Amazingly I've had Boone's Farm, MD 20/20 and just about everything else but not Absinthe.

And I never want to drink 151 again! Worst night of my life practically.

B. Profane said...

If you can "hallucinate" off absinthe you have a very active imagination.

"Didn't Hemmingway, Fitzgerald and their crowd drink that in Paris back in the 1920's?"

Yes. Hemingway (note spelling) hyped up the voodoo myths around absinthe in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Funny how he could romanticize the relatively tame absinthe yet avoid hashish. But then, marijuana was considered a "colored's drug" to Americans at the time.l

Sprink said...

Tickle Pink!!!!!!!

GPS74 said...

The stuff in Eastern Europe can vary wildly in toxicity. First time I tried a couple of shots and was violently ill for a solid sixteen hours. Not regular alcohol sick, but couldn't even sit or stand to get to a sink. I can do a dozen whiskey shots without puking; this was something else entirely.

I wouldn't say be afraid of it, just try it in extreme moderation until you have a sense of how strong your brand is, and how well your system can take it. I learned to dilute it with ice and water in order to avoid getting sick from that batch again.

I also wouldn't say it made me hallucinate, but I don't get a booze buzz from it either. It makes me feel foggy.

Sprink said...

I noticed the spelling error as well, but it would have been much cooler to simply spell it correctly in your own comment then whip out The Link if someone called you on it.

As for absinthe, I haven't found it different in taste from all the others...ouzo, pastis, sambuca, etc. as to it's hallucinogenic properties, no, not for me. Not yet anyway.

tennis peach said...

B. Profane - LOOSEN UP! Good Lord - you are such an ass

rikkitikkitavi said...

i usually like to drink it before i go to work

Renoblondee said...

My husband and I got a bottle and it was nasty tasting! We really wanted it to be good too. You can't hallucinate on the American kind, it's just alcohol. I know nothing about overseas kind.

Tammy said...

The Czech and Eastern European stuff is not traditional absinthe and setting it aflame is a gimmicky trend.


My husband drinks it all the time and he says the buzz is a little smoother than the usual alcoholic buzz. He says it reminds him of Vicodin; more of a high than a drunk, and he doesn't feel it the next day.

Lord Disick said...

Never happened. I don't know what you're talking about, Rob. I'm not this wild party animal.

Runswithscissors said...

Don't worry, you won't. The recipe is not the original one, not even those in Europe follow the authentic recipe.
It's a really strong licorice flavor.
It's ok. Not for everyone.

B. Profane said...

I'm savoring the loopy idiocy of someone telling me, who has sampled just about every known hallucinogen (including some very exotic and obscure drugs), to "loosen up."

Wallow in your ignorance, see if I give a fuck....

MadLyb said...

I have tried it at a party. The hostess had a fountain and we did the whole shebang. Good stuff! I love black licorice and find both absinthe and Jager tasty, though don't really get a huge buzz from either.

LowKey said...

@ B. Profane, don't let Derek Harvey hear you say that, he has Very Strong Opinions about drug users.

LowKey said...

It was the thujones from the wormwood infusion that supposedly caused the various "evil" effects of absinthe, IIRC, and modern absinthe contains little or no thujones, at least in the US. So it's no longer the 'real thing'.
My apologies to B. Profane if I misspelled anything above.

B. Profane said...

It's the thujone that is the "drug" (other than alcohol) in absinthe. Absinthe without the full wormwood extract is just an icky tasting liqueur.

Tamara Wiley said...

Baddd college experience with Mad Dog and an Asian dude

Hannah Francisco said...

Years ago at a Yale Club event in San Francisco, I met the guy who wrote the book about absinthe, Barnaby Conrad III. (We're both Yale grads.)

He also wrote a book about The Martini. I told him that I had never had a martini, and he offered to serve me my first one. Then never called me.

I have since lost my martini virginity, and did it in the best possible way. After a celebration of the life of the late Herb Caen, San Francisco's beloved three dot journalist, who famously called vodka "Vitamin V" - I stopped in at the Buena Vista Cafe with my dog and had the most amazing vodka martini. OMG. It was so good I've never had another one. I don't want to spoil the memory.

But about BC III - a minor celebrity scion of a minor celebrity family, and doesn't follow up on his offers so - pfft on him.

As for absinthe, it's no longer banned in the USA...though what you can buy legally here is no longer the old-timey absinthe either.