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Swiss distillers of absinthe are mortified by an American television crime drama show that depicts the high-octane spirit as a killer drink.

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That story line was sooo ridiculous - a guy drinks one absinthe in a bar- starts seeing 'things and hearing voices' and goes on in the street and shoots somebody- struuf how ridiculous is that.

Channel 4 had a very interesting programme the other day on de-bunking the myths about absinthe, very well done.

And then on Friday evening, a youngster in East Enders (a popular UK TV series) the plot is all about illegal selling of absinthe, and then one of the youngsters gets a bottle, (that horrible green absinthe sold in Eastern Europe) and starts drinking it neat!! Look at tonight's episode for the conclusion - will it be coma or death - or will she go out and murder somebody too!

BTW, the Fete de l'Absinthe in Boveresse NE will be on 16th of June this year. Sadly I won't be in attendance this time. If anybody ever wants to organise an Absinthe distillery and history visit/day in the area- do pm to ask me for different possibilities (Boveresse is accessible by train to Motiers, then short walk). I can organise chauffering, accommodation, meals, visit to Mauler Champagne, Absinthe Museum and many distilleries for private or corporate groups, made to measure with interpreting.

For your info - absinthe is NOT green, but clear - and locals here where it was first made never drunk it with a spoon and sugar as shown on the above picture- but mixed with cold clear local water poured from high - about 2/3 to 1/3, to make it go 'milky' white. As often called around here in prohibition time 'un lait du Jura garçon' (a Jura milk waiter) aka known as 'une Bleue' or 'un Fée Verte'.
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Re: Swiss absinthe makers froth over CSI slur

Repeat after me...

CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...
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repeat after me...

The local is not real...the local is not real...the local is not real...the local is not real...the local is not real...the local is not real...
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Repeat after me...

CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...
Wikipedia reference-linkCSI Effect
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CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...CSI is not real...
Agreed - and yet for the 'average' American, and now the 'average' Brit - it does keep alive this idea that absinthe is inherently dangerous in a way no other alcohol is- which is stupid. If we offer an absinthe, our very local favourite drink, to British friends, then they still react with a 'are you sure? Is it OK - we thought it was really dangerous- I don't want to go off and cut my ear under the influence, or whatever...' DUH...(:
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Old 07.05.2012, 11:20
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Good lord.

This doesn't bode well if(when???) I get hauled into court for speeding.
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Re: Swiss absinthe makers froth over CSI slur

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For your info - absinthe is NOT green
That really depends on the recipe, most where indeed clear, but some distillers used ingredients which turned the drink green. Nowadays they add a colorant to get that color.

The better ones are clear btw.

I tend to use icewater and still melt sugar into it as caramelized sugar into most of them makes it even more yummy
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Well, I was sort of born and bred in absinthe - here where it was invented (yeah that does explain a lot). The locals are all Fée Verte specialists as they've been dipped in the stuff from birth too - and many of course are distillers, many from the time it was still illegal. I only have one friend who makes a NATURALLY COLOURED green absinthe (Nicolas Gyger, one of the Fete de l'Absinthe founders) and only for private use. All the others here locally are clear- and I do not know of a single person, here in the Val-de-Travers, who uses sugar and a spoon. Of course some people in the UK and US use absinthe in all sorts of cocktails - but this is really not for us, the locals (never mind The Local!!). Santé!

The artificially green stuff from Eastern Europe is ***p - really - buy the real thing. And never buy absinthe not made in Franche-Comté (Pontarlier/F) or Val-de-Travers, it would be like buying Whisky from Timbuctu.
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Re: Swiss absinthe makers froth over CSI slur

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The locals are all Fée Verte specialists as they've been dipped in the stuff from birth too - and many of course are distillers, many from the time it was still illegal.
Those are the good bottles

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I only have one friend who makes a NATURALLY COLOURED green absinthe
I currently have only two bottles at home: a Kubler which is clear and a Fee Verte Malicia which is light green.

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and I do not know of a single person, here in the Val-de-Travers, who uses sugar and a spoon
my excuse: I am Dutch and I have a sweet tooth

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And never buy absinthe not made in Franche-Comté (Pontarlier/F) or Val-de-Travers, it would be like buying Whisky from Timbuctu.
That Malicia bottle comes from close to La Chaud de Fonds, not completely Val-de-Travers even though they stamp it on the bottle, but close enough I guess and it is quite a bit better than the Kubler I have, but taste is a personal thing too.

Lets not start about Whisky, that is a different problem
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I've still got many friends who make the 'illegal' stuff - just for the fun of it, lol. You'll have to come and visit the region and go on a distillery tour.
I did promise to do an EF event one day - so will get organised as soon as I am able to.

Never heard of,or tasted Guinand's Malicia. Why buy from outside Franche-Comté/Val-de-Travers though - when we have so many excellent distillers and brands right here in the birth place of absinthe?

Absinthe distilleries



Absinthe Distillery Artemisia


Absinthe produced in its birthplace. Our distillery will make you discover the subtle flavours and history of the 19 th century artists' favourite drink.






Absinthe Distillery Bovet, La Valote

The history of Green Fairy lives on with four sorts of absinthe, all elaborated using traditional methods and distilled by Willy Bovet: "Le Chat", "Tradition", "Nostalgie" and "La Septante 7".






Absinthe Distillery Bovet-Racine


Visit our distillery and discover our different kinds of homemade absinthes, whose subtle aromas will charm you.






Absinthe Distillery "Le Père François"


Visits of the absinthe distillery "Elixir du Pays des Fées", and the exhibition of ancient utility, promotional objects, as well as old documents relating the history of Franco-Swiss absinthe.






Absinthe Distillery "Celle à Guilloud"

Have a pleasant time with a former clandestine distiller who will be happy to welcome you in his distillery with local scents. On reservation, live distilling session. Swiss absinthe of the year 2010.






Absinthe Distillery La P'tite

The distillery of absinthe the P'tite is based in Couvet in the Val de Travers, where we find the origins of real absinthe. Behind the label Absinthe La P'tite and Absinth'Love 69, lies a fairy, the first women distiller of absinthe legal in Switzerland meet the sweet name of Gaudentia. La P'tite works according to traditional family as time of hiding.






Absinthe Distillery Les Artisans de L'Absinthe


Welcome to the birthplace of absinthe. During the guided tour, you'll learn about the history of absinthe, the plants used for its making and on prior request you'll attend a distilling session.






Absinthe Distillery L'Officine de Verre

Come and discover a suprising cellar in Couvet, Val-de-Travers, the village of the first 18th century distillery: the Officine de Verre. Taste an authentic 55° absinthe, original and subtle.







Absinthe Distillery La Valote Martin

Former clandestine distiller Francis Martin welcomes his guests in a 1777 house belonging to national heritage. The plants used for the making of his 5 absinthes grow outside in the French-style 18th century garden. He still uses the ancient method for the distilling.





And so many more ...
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Re: Swiss absinthe makers froth over CSI slur

I have developed quite a liking for absinthe -

I blame Odile
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Yep, if in doubt, blame Odile

East Enders on now - let's see what happens!
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Re: Swiss absinthe makers froth over CSI slur

Sorry gang, but Hönig Kräuter is better.
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Re: Swiss absinthe makers froth over CSI slur

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I did promise to do an EF event one day - so will get organised as soon as I am able to.
I am out the month of June, thus please don't do it then as I would love to hop over from Zurich to do a proper tour! (and add some bottles to my small collection )

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Never heard of,or tasted Guinand's Malicia. Why buy from outside Franche-Comté/Val-de-Travers though - when we have so many excellent distillers and brands right here in the birth place of absinthe?
Because that is the bottle I got from a friend who is from that region who got it from a friend from a friend etc.
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