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Special swiss alcohol [Absinthe]

I was downing a couple of schnapps with some colleagues while in Basel and we had this discussion about a strange elusive drink exclusive to Switzerland and apparently was banned until a few years ago. It sounded like "apsum" or "apsen". Will I be able to get this from Migros or COOP?
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Re: Special swiss alcohol

Absinthe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe

glorious stuff !
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Old 20.02.2010, 13:48
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Re: Special swiss alcohol

A very tasty tipple.
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Also know as the "Green Fairy" in certain parts of the Jura....
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Nasty taste though !!
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Nasty taste though !!
It gets better the more you drink
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Re: Special swiss alcohol

There are a few similar kind of grog, like Pastis and a lot more. It is not a very old swiss product and was introduced around 1700-1800 because of medical use.
In my opinion it tastes awfull, if you want to have a high quality swiss drink, get some wine from west switzerland from 2006 and 2009.
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Re: Special swiss alcohol

That aniseed like taste is way too strong drunk as-is, that's why you really do need to go through the elaborate process of setting up a sugar cube, tip tip tippping water over it and then getting the right concentration of Absinthe and water (plus sugar) to settle in.

Oh, and no burning the sugar cube, the caramel it ends up becoming gives a taste which is not appreciated by the true Absinthe conneisseurs!

A great site for info and reviews on the BEST Absinthe you can buy (and trust me, it makes a massive difference), you need to visit: http://www.feeverte.net/

A funky drink nevertheless which might not be appreciated by everyone But hang in there, as with wines, you find good and bad. After that, maybe the strong, cold, highly elevating taste is not your thing?
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Re: Special swiss alcohol

I really think that with quality stuff the sugar is optional.
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There are a few similar kind of grog, like Pastis and a lot more. It is not a very old swiss product and was introduced around 1700-1800 because of medical use.
In my opinion it tastes awfull, if you want to have a high quality swiss drink, get some wine from west switzerland from 2006 and 2009.
> Arak, Raki and Ouzo is the same. Raki in Arabic means MY Arak, and was taken over by the Turks as THE name for the beverage.

> Arak/Raki/Ouzo just as Pernod and Pastis should get some water added until the beverage develops the grey milky colour, and then it becomes healthy for your stomach
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There are a few similar kind of grog, like Pastis and a lot more. It is not a very old swiss product and was introduced around 1700-1800 because of medical use.
In my opinion it tastes awfull, if you want to have a high quality swiss drink, get some wine from west switzerland from 2006 and 2009.
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That aniseed like taste is way too strong drunk as-is, that's why you really do need to go through the elaborate process of setting up a sugar cube, tip tip tippping water over it and then getting the right concentration of Absinthe and water (plus sugar) to settle in.

Oh, and no burning the sugar cube, the caramel it ends up becoming gives a taste which is not appreciated by the true Absinthe conneisseurs!

A great site for info and reviews on the BEST Absinthe you can buy (and trust me, it makes a massive difference), you need to visit: http://www.feeverte.net/

A funky drink nevertheless which might not be appreciated by everyone But hang in there, as with wines, you find good and bad. After that, maybe the strong, cold, highly elevating taste is not your thing?

I've never had Absinthe, so, (my "blonde" roots are showing apparently) you are saying that Absinthe has a licorice type taste, like Sambucca?

And, what's with the water and such, is there too much alcohol, something else going on with it that makes it "unhealthy" (beyond what one typically expects from alcoholic beverages in the first place) to drink straight?
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I've never had Absinthe, so, (my "blonde" roots are showing apparently) you are saying that Absinthe has a licorice type taste, like Sambucca?
I've never had Sambucca, but yes, Absinthe has a strong licorice-like taste.

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And, what's with the water and such, is there too much alcohol, something else going on with it that makes it "unhealthy" (beyond what one typically expects from alcoholic beverages in the first place) to drink straight?
Absinthe is strong. It can be sipped straight, but it is simply more common and traditional to add very cold water (and sugar). I don't think it's a health question, but more a matter of ending up with something more universally palatable and substantial (by volume) in your glass.
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Re: Special swiss alcohol [Absinthe]

Sambucca has a sweeter taste than the more bitterish tasting absinthe. (if you dont put sugar in it)
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Re: Special swiss alcohol [Absinthe]

I have a bottle of the green beast in my cabinet.
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Re: Special swiss alcohol [Absinthe]

Is Absinthe in Switzerland "real" Absinthe or just an anise-tasting liquor?

That is, is it really the "green fairy" and made from madness-inducing (and hallucination-inducing) wormwood? I know different countries have different rules. In a few parts of Eastern Europe, you can get the 'real' stuff. The States recently legalized non-wormwood absinthe.

I'd love to find out the answer!
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Is Absinthe in Switzerland "real" Absinthe or just an anise-tasting liquor?

That is, is it really the "green fairy" and made from madness-inducing (and hallucination-inducing) wormwood? I know different countries have different rules. In a few parts of Eastern Europe, you can get the 'real' stuff. The States recently legalized non-wormwood absinthe.

I'd love to find out the answer!
You might find this site will give you the answer. Mind you, seeing as how there is a brand that is 82% proof, I think it won't matter a jot whether is has madness inducing Wormwood or not.
Holy Toledo, 82%,,, that would just blow my my head off.
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Re: Special swiss alcohol [Absinthe]

I do belive the green absinth is colored for marketing purposes. There are no other health affecting substances besides alcohol.
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Re: Special swiss alcohol [Absinthe]

The green is the natural color of Absinthe, it's made from herbs etc, and I believe it might be clorophyll which gives it the green color, just like in the Chartreuse Verte...

The chemical Thujone derived from wormwood (I believe) is what supposedly gave a somewhat hallucinogenic effect, but... it's a highly potent drink (high level of alcohol) thus that alone would get most people going if you see what I mean.

These "poisonous" chemicals in modern Absinthe have been all but removed these days.
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You might find this site will give you the answer. Mind you, seeing as how there is a brand that is 82% proof, I think it won't matter a jot whether is has madness inducing Wormwood or not.
Holy Toledo, 82%,,, that would just blow my my head off.
I once saw a guy in college down one single shot of pure grain alcohol; the bottle said 95% proof. He (no joking) puked his guts out for two or three hours, to the point where we ended up calling an ambulance. He was sick for three days after the "episode".

Later I have learned that you can literally die from drinking too much.
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