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    Lucid Absinthe

    Anyone tried this yet? I'd be interested in hearing about it. Apparently it's only available in Illinois, NY and NJ.

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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    there is a neoAbsinthe available here in PA with glass and sugar dissolving utensil as well....$30+ for the set...

    am interested, being a reader of those french poets who imbibed...but i imagine it's lacking the (ab)original kick...
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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    Quote Originally Posted by polyamnesia View Post
    there is a neoAbsinthe available here in PA with glass and sugar dissolving utensil as well....$30+ for the set...

    am interested, being a reader of those french poets who imbibed...but i imagine it's lacking the (ab)original kick...
    It has wormwood in it and it's over 62% ABV. What other kick is there??
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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    well, is today's "absinthe" the same as the original? is this new stuff the true, outlawed Green Fairy?

    if not, then it's missing the truly ILLegal "kick" !
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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    My Bad.

    This product is like the old because it does have wormwood in it. The wormwood was the ingredient that was illegal. Since this one has it, it is a genuine absinthe. The high proof makes it even more authentic.
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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    This is my understanding too, Joe. From what I have read, the amount of thujone in the drink is within the measurement tolerance accepted by the government. I.e., whatever the thujone limit is as currently recognised by EU law, the U.S. will recognise the same but for a different reason (not that absinthe is legal as such but that if it does not exceed this limit then, given the uncertainties in measuring it, it is considered as non-existent). Thujone is the element that was and justly so considered dangerous in absinthe, it exists in certain kinds of wormwood, notably the "absinthium" type.

    I can't recall what that limit is, but it is quite low. But here is the thing. The gent that makes Lucid, Ted Breaux, or rather his company, states that when the best absinthe was distilled historically, thujone did not vaporise and enter the distillate. (Probably its vaporisation rate was very low or very high). He knows this from tests done on historical absinthes he has obtained.

    So ironically, the best absinthe never had elevated levels of thujone and ergo Lucid is a hyper-authentic example! I have read very good reviews of it.

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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    hmm, so this IS the real McCoy. i really thought the newer "absinthes" were just a fad/revival, a virtual return to the "Universal Studios" version of the experience.

    are there a good number of these out now? i might have to check my local store and see what they were selling.

    what's the general flavor like?
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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    I have read that it is based on historical recipes except that in line with North American tastes the anise element has been slightly reduced. This is something I agree with since I find a strong anise flavor a little hard to take. It is there, but in a softer interpretation (and in any case anise would have varied brand by brand, I have a Portuguese brand which hardly has any anise flavor).

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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    Lucid is supposed to be real and a quality product. Lots of the fake absinthe was from the Czech Republic and is absolutely garbage and undrinkable. La Fee Verte has tons of info about all things absinthe.

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    Re: Lucid Absinthe

    does the absinthe experience (unique like all experiences!) tend more towards narcoleptic shoe-gazing.....or narcodelic, subterranean flights???

    a sort of psychedelic opiate?
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