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Absinthe?

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by fuzzy, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. fuzzy

    fuzzy TRIBE Member

    Everbody is always posting pics of themselves drinking this.
    Now you've made me want some!!!!
    I hear its illegal in Canada?
    Is it Legal to import it? I've seen websites where I can order some.
    How do I go about gettting some for myself?
    Or enough for me and my buds for the night
    Is the highest thujone content recomended will the cheaper diluted stuff still give me the propper experience?

    Thanks
    Richard
     
  2. erk

    erk TRIBE Member

    The stuff will kill you. Tried it in Germany. My friend wouldn't even have one with me. No wonder Van Gough cut his ear off... Strong yukky stuff.
     
  3. vench

    vench TRIBE Promoter

  4. kennyboy

    kennyboy TRIBE Member

    It's next to impossible to get the real stuff. What you buy in Canada or pretty much anywhere else is a cheap imitation.

    Originally it was made with wormwood which they no longer use. Either way, it's nasty stuff. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
     
  5. Boo

    Boo TRIBE Member

    This is some really scary shit. I'm actually glad its not sold in the liquor store...obviously there's a reason why the gov't doesn't want the general public to get there hands on this stuff.

    I'm quite sure I can and will have a few glasses though. Want it t be a controlled environment.. doesn't look like this is night ont he town schtufff :)
     
  6. Bumbaclat

    Bumbaclat TRIBE Member

    I've had a bunch and then hit System.. no biggie.

    Absinth has its charms but it's surrounded by a lot of hype. Definitely glad I got a bottle though (thanks Madnezz:)).

    Bumbaclat
     
  7. Jeffsus

    Jeffsus TRIBE Member

    There are no psychotropic effects to absynth. The only feeling you will get from drinking it, is drunk. <seinfeld>not that there's anything wrong with that</seinfeld>. As bumbaclat mentioned, the rest is all hype.

    If you are in Czech republic, you can get decent quality, inexpensive absynth. If you know someone there, you can have them send it to you for ~$20-30. To order it from Canada is very, very expensive because they know they can ripoff north american people seduced by the history of absynth. The same bottles I had here were selling on Czech websites for nearly $200US. They cost $24 in Czech.

    You can buy absynth from the BC liquor board. It has 10 mg thujone/kg, but that doesn't matter, because thujone doesn't do anything anyways. "Hills" (the absynth available in BV) is high quality and well distilled absynth at a reasonable price (~$80 a bottle). It isn't terribly authentic because they have reduced the aniseed oil, to make it less stunningly licoricey tasting and more drinkable; this has the effect of making it not cloud up (louche). The Czech absynths, even though they contain more thujone, are generally cheap liquors and poorly distilled. I swear some of them are just vodka infusions of herbs; some have an off dull green colour, and none of the Czech absynths I've had have tasted quite as refined as the BC absynth, (except for King's), and few display the clouding effect. One czech absynth (name failing me... it was from pilz) tasted a lot like grass.

    Anyways, if you've never had absynth before and are planning a night long session, bring some beers to back up the night, cause more likely than not, you won't want more than a glass or two.

    -jM
    A&D
     
  8. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    Aparently I have some on the way for me, but I'm wondering if it'll ever appear :p
     
  9. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    jeffsus - your facts are incorrect.

    1) thujone is the active ingrediant in absinthe - more thujone = more power - TRUST ME - i've tried them all (except the 100mg/l one - the absinthe king GOLD - only available from http://www.absinth.com/links/gold.html - and its $200 US) - i'll be ordering this one hopefully for my birthday this year ;)

    2) the best absinthe available from czech is this one - it has 10mg/ml, and it has the wormwood still in the bottle - it costs $80 Canadian in prague, and is quite rare, and costs about $78 US on the net - a fair mark up considering its rarity.
    [​IMG]

    3) Hills is SHIT - you might as well drink 'absente', which is available at the LCBO, but hard to find - Repeat - Hills is piss! It is the cheapest absinthe you can by in Czech, and it costs about $20 a bottle. (and $57 US on the net)

    4) There is a HUGE difference between the effect you feel from the cheap absinthe and the strong absinthe - i've tried 4 or 5 different kinds just in the past year alone.

    5) Ordering online from this company is safe (no border trouble), and they are reliable - http://www.laboheme.uk.com/absinthe.htm

    ...i will try and post more info later, but try searching using google for +absinthe +history +effects, etc. there's a lot of useful info available.

    cheers,
    tommy
     
  10. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    ps. i believe during the impressionist and art nouveau times the thujone content was somewhere around 20-60 mg/l .... i have dig up the address - i'll try and post it later.

    cheers,
    tommy
     
  11. sentence

    sentence TRIBE Promoter

    Absinthe is pretty scary stuff. I was in Prague last summer and brought a few bottles home with me. I can never have more than an once or two in a night. It does pack a unique punch though and is pretty fun once you get the taste out of your mouth. enjoy!

    :eek: <<<just had a sip
     
  12. R4V4G3D_SKU11S

    R4V4G3D_SKU11S TRIBE Member

    Tommy - when I get my absinthe I'm coming to drink it with you!
     
  13. Preroller

    Preroller TRIBE Member

    I have some wormwood growing, but need some distil kit stuff, hoping my buddy can help me out. I've been reserching this for a while now, would really like to try it out.

    thanks for the info tommy, ima check it out.
    Dave
     
  14. dlerium88

    dlerium88 TRIBE Member

    Yeah Dave if you do that up, you have to come visit me after!

    (actually you have to come visit me anyway!)
     
  15. nusty

    nusty TRIBE Member

    I had some really nice stuff in Ireland two years ago, I would really doubt it if the wormwood was still in it, but the bar stamped our hand everytime we had a shot of it and after two stamps they wouldn't serve us anymore and we had to switch back to other drinks. (only allowed two shots of it a night) It also felt like they were getting ready to babysit us if anyone got out of hand (we didn't, so it was kind of insulting).

    I had a few mouth fulls with Temper Tantrum a while ago right before going into a party and I must say it made the line a lot more interesting and I was already feeling good by the time we got in. :)
     
  16. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    BEFORE:

    [​IMG]


    AFTER:

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Bumbaclat

    Bumbaclat TRIBE Member

    ^^^ somebody on this board almost accidentally smoked the dried out leftovers in the bottle........ but then realized it wasn't weed. What do you think would happen? Is thujone completely soluble in alcohol?

    Bumbaclat
     
  18. mandapanda

    mandapanda TRIBE Member

    i had a shot of it in scotland. it made me cry cos i swore it was burning a hole in my throat.
     
  19. statira

    statira TRIBE Member

    I have half a bottle in my freezer right now, a friend left it here, i thought it was the nastiest tasting drink, but it made the night interesting!

    ang :)
     
  20. Temper Tantrum

    Temper Tantrum TRIBE Member

    You looked like you were going to be giving birth, it was great :D

    Abysnth is the shiznat. Unfortunately all the stuff I had brought back from Prague has been given away/drank save for one bottle that is sadly not for me but for basic.

    Absynth is fun, tastes like absolute shit though, the sugar cube is HIGHLY recommended. In Prague the stuff was like 1 buck a shot. Mind you, we also found places where 1 Litre of beer was 1 buck Canadian so ... ;)

    I'm going to see if I can stop by the Czech Republic on my way back from Thailand for a week or so. I will definetly be bringing some back.

    ~allie~
     
  21. Jeffsus

    Jeffsus TRIBE Member

    They aren't my facts.

    from Mann, J. in Murder, Magic, and Medicine, Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 1992, pp 105-109. Similar evidence can be found here and many other online references.

    In fact, any scientific documentation will tell you that thujone is a monoterpene convulsant that is neurotoxic at effective concentrations and is not hallucinogenic at all. As well, you would be long dead from alcohol poisoning before any effective dosage of thujone could be injested, unless you are drinking the essential oil.

    The only "facts" that show how thujone is psychoactive are the ones you will find on websites that sell absynth. Or from disillusioned absynth drinkers. YAY. So...

    I have also tried a good cross section of Absynth of most of them taste like cheap vodka infusions. That bottle with the wormwood actually still in the liquor is obviously an infusion and I doubt worth whatever you paid. You may as well buy the herb yourself (which is easy to do), fill up a bottle of vodka with fennel and aniseed and wormwood, et voila.

    -jM
    A&D
     
  22. Preroller

    Preroller TRIBE Member

    I am not a scientist.
    Here is what I have researched and found:

    I have 5 wormwood plants growing at my house.
    I would clip some of the leaves and dry them.
    I would be sober and eat a couple tablespoons worth of the wormwood.
    I definatley found that I felt something best described as a warm haze. My vision and perception were the things I noticed changing the most, ie I took some befoire work once and our carpets have paisley type designs, and the looked kind of layered like thoses "magic eye" pictures.....or like the carpet in Fear and Loathing at the hotel lobby, but without the snakes.
    Im also kind of got a sense like I was watching myself from another perspective.....kind of hard to describe, but cool.

    Never tried to smoke it, but I read that it wouldn't work that way, I think you have to ingest wormwood for the effects to work?

    So ya, maybe it's just the placebo effect or whatever, but if I can placebo my way to being wasted for free, Im down with it.

    Vive la fee verte!!!
    Dave
     
  23. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    your facts about the prices and qualities of absinth's is all wrong my friend...the BC one you speak of (the king), guess what?, its from czech - its the one i've posted 3 pics of..

    as for the effect of wormwood/thujone, there are mixed findings at best - yes i agree its not pyschedelic in nature, but the mixture of the herbs definitely produces an effect that is unique for over-proofed liquor..

    From: La Fee Verte - Absinthe House

    La Fee Verte - Absinthe House
     
  24. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    a history of absinthe: http://www.the-night.net/absinthe.htm

    more info on thujone in absinthe: http://www.wormwood-absente.com

     
  25. tommysmalls

    tommysmalls TRIBE Member

    right on!
     

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