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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Bigbob » Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:21 pm

Just checking flights because I'm crazy, sorry out of my price range :esad:
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby RandyMarshCT » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:25 am

Bummer... it would be awesome to meet you Bigbob. I'm still really bummed that I couldn't make it to S3. I think about it every time I put my t-shirt on.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:46 am

That's totally awesome, Randy. I'm stoked! Truly, this is a rare opportunity that you have created. And, as I myself have also never had absinthe, so we can learn together.

There is something magical about the history and legend behind the drink. And you won't find such an opportunity to sample some of the best, all laid out next to each other. And never in the comfort of your own home, as well. Good job Randy.

I will be there on the 8th with a smile in my face.

MCH, I would love to see you again as well. Jed fest was all to long ago, and by the time you got there, I had been hanging with Jed and Randy for many hours...

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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby rager » Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:36 pm

just found this thread, sounds like a great time. im just outside of Hartford. ill pm you
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:09 am

RandyMarsh,

This shindig still on for Aug 8th? How do you feel about a Jimbo Absinthe in the lineup? Id be curious to see how it stacks up and get you guys feedback and thoughts against the others you have. Its my first crack at an Absinthe so not expecting any awards or praise, just honest feedback good or bad. Bigbob and Woodshed tried it at S3 and both said some very nice things. Another friend of mine here enjoys it and has drank more of it now than I have :? Anyway, Im running very low, have 1/2 a quart left at 132 proof bottle strength, but could send you a 375ml bottle of it if you PM me your address. Been sittin a bit now and mellowed nice, 2 1/4 years old. If you want it I'll drop a couple fresh mint leaves in for some fresh green color and get it shipped by Monday. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=38593&hilit=jimbo+absinthe&start=30#p7071993

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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby RandyMarshCT » Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:05 am

Jimbo, that would be totally awesome! PM on it's way.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:52 pm

RandyMarshCT wrote:Jimbo, that would be totally awesome! PM on it's way.


:thumbup:

My first Jimbo experience :clap: . Very cool!
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Bigbob » Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:16 pm

Your in for a treat......Jimbo is very modest, but I'm betting his will stand with the commercial if not above!
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby RandyMarshCT » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:47 am

I received Jimbo's package today and nearly had a heart attack. The carrier had broken the Absinthe bottle! Through some type of miracle, only about a shot and a half had leaked out. Immediately poured the bottle through an unbleached coffee filter and into a jar to get the glass out. So, we WILL be sampling some Jimbo absinthe at the tasting. :thumbup:

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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:16 pm

Wow, I had those wrapped to hell and back in bubble wrap. They must have whipped the whole box hard across the room. Lucky it didnt leak out, that is a miracle.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby DSM Loki » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:51 pm

Jimbo wrote:Wow, I had those wrapped to hell and back in bubble wrap. They must have whipped the whole box hard across the room. Lucky it didnt leak out, that is a miracle.

After working for several years as a package handler at FedEx I learned just about every way something can be packaged or broken. Next time try rolling some cardboard around each bottle, with some overlap on top and bottom before wrapping with bubble wrap, then wrap those in cardboard.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:55 pm

What is Rolling Stone cardboard? Does it have sympathy for the devil? :mrgreen: Seriously though what is stone cardboard?
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby DSM Loki » Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:21 pm

Ha-ha, autocorrect got me again, fixed.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby MichiganCornhusker » Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:59 pm

Maybe not the carrier. I left truckinbutch's place with some of his premium white dog in one of those very same bottles
Not far down the road I heard a clink but didn't thing much of it. About a mile further I smelled the unmistakable smell of heart of hearts UJ. Pulled over to find the bottle broken, about half empty. A couple tears fell into what was left as I carefully decanted into another bottle.
That thing was in a cloth wine bottle carrier sitting on carpet with only soft things around it. It was a clink, not a crash. No idea how that could have happened, but sure looks like that one did the same thing.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby MichiganCornhusker » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:17 pm

Hey, Jimbo, I had a theory about my bottle cracking. It was filled to the brim with delicious UJ and then sealed with the stopper, gasket, and draw latch.
My theory was that because there was no air headspace in the bottle, internal pressure was created by sealing it this way. Not a ton of pressure, but maybe enough to cause the bottle to clink.
Looking at Randy's photo of your bourbon, I don't see any air in that bottle either. Any thoughts?
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:22 pm

Could be, sure, thats as good a theory as any. Altho this wouldnt be the first time our beloved USPS smashed my bottles. I filled them to the top to avoid sloshing noises, USPS is funny about liquids.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby DSM Loki » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:17 pm

Yeah, filling to the top can easily cause this. Hitting a bump could cause cavitation events that can send a pressure wave through the liquid that will pop the glass apart. If you fill a glass bottle completely full, hold it in one hand, and also your palm down on the top you can shoot the bottom right off the bottle.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby NZChris » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:37 pm

The smaller the headspace in a bottle, the smaller the temperature rise needed to break it.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:53 pm

Interesting, learn something new everyday. Im gonna try and blow the bottom off one for fun.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby DSM Loki » Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:56 pm

It's a neat trick once you get the hang of it.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby MichiganCornhusker » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:01 pm

DSM Loki wrote:It's a neat trick once you get the hang of it.

Ha, sounds like it could be a bloody trick until you get the hang of it. :shock:

Thanks for the info about the full-bottle-crack-glass-phenomenon.
It won't get me that UJ back, but it might keep me from losing more in the future.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby DSM Loki » Fri Jul 31, 2015 6:01 pm

MichiganCornhusker wrote:
DSM Loki wrote:It's a neat trick once you get the hang of it.

Ha, sounds like it could be a bloody trick until you get the hang of it. :shock:

Thanks for the info about the full-bottle-crack-glass-phenomenon.
It won't get me that UJ back, but it might keep me from losing more in the future.

Ooh, you'll bruise your palm long before you get cut.

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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby RandyMarshCT » Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:05 am

Shooting for about 3:00 pm on Saturday if that works for everyone. Rager is bringing some stuff for the grill and I'll have stuff to grill as well. Since there are 8 commercial absinthes and 1 Jimbo absinthe, I though it would be best to put a hearty meal in the middle.

Jimbo, has Odin had your bourbon before? I'm sending him a package next week and was considering including a nip bottle of yours with it if he hasn't. Although, it will be difficult to send any of it away, it's so damn good!
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:21 am

RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo, has Odin had your bourbon before? I'm sending him a package next week and was considering including a nip bottle of yours with it if he hasn't.


Yes, we had a get together at Windys a while back and I brought a box full of goodies.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby RandyMarshCT » Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:11 am

Jimbo wrote:
RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo, has Odin had your bourbon before? I'm sending him a package next week and was considering including a nip bottle of yours with it if he hasn't.


Yes, we had a get together at Windys a while back and I brought a box full of goodies.


Cool, I'm keeping it then. :thumbup: Well... short of whatever ShineOn and the others sample this weekend.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:26 am

RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo wrote:
RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo, has Odin had your bourbon before? I'm sending him a package next week and was considering including a nip bottle of yours with it if he hasn't.


Yes, we had a get together at Windys a while back and I brought a box full of goodies.


Cool, I'm keeping it then. :thumbup: Well... short of whatever ShineOn and the others sample this weekend.


Happy you enjoy it! Wished I would have sent ya a bigger bottle now. Those swingtop flasks are nice and convenient, those were from some stuff MCH brought me during a visit. (YAM!!!)
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:46 am

RandyMarshCT wrote:Shooting for about 3:00 pm on Saturday if that works for everyone. Rager is bringing some stuff for the grill and I'll have stuff to grill as well. Since there are 8 commercial absinthes and 1 Jimbo absinthe, I though it would be best to put a hearty meal in the middle.


Just beat me to the punch. I had intended to drop you a line tonight, asking what you would like me to bring. We should coordinate what we all are bringing.

That goes for spirits, too. I will be bringing a growler of a local brewery's dark stout to have with dinner, and maybe a bottle of UJ, just to have. I don't have anything fancy to bring, but as always, will bring what I have.

Been a stoked all weekend. Can't wait to see you guys!
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:52 am

RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo wrote:
RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo, has Odin had your bourbon before? I'm sending him a package next week and was considering including a nip bottle of yours with it if he hasn't.


Yes, we had a get together at Windys a while back and I brought a box full of goodies.


Cool, I'm keeping it then. :thumbup: Well... short of whatever ShineOn and the others sample this weekend.


Ahh, thanks bud. Wasn't looking to leave ya dry, just wanted a taste of the wheated bourbon that started AG for me.
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I failed at it, but it will serve to set where a good wheated is suppose to be.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby Jimbo » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:56 am

ShineonCrazyDiamond wrote:
RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo wrote:
RandyMarshCT wrote:
Jimbo, has Odin had your bourbon before? I'm sending him a package next week and was considering including a nip bottle of yours with it if he hasn't.


Yes, we had a get together at Windys a while back and I brought a box full of goodies.


Cool, I'm keeping it then. :thumbup: Well... short of whatever ShineOn and the others sample this weekend.


Ahh, thanks bud. Wasn't looking to leave ya dry, just wanted a taste of the wheated bourbon that started AG for me.
:thumbup:

I failed at it, but it will serve to set where a good wheated is suppose to be.


Shine, taste RandyMarshes wheated bourbon too, thats exactly where it needs to be. He nailed it.
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Re: Absinthe: Please teach me

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Mon Aug 03, 2015 11:16 am

Jimbo wrote:
Shine, taste RandyMarshes wheated bourbon too, thats exactly where it needs to be. He nailed it.


Oh, I plan too...err...I mean I'm sure he'll let me :shh: :ebiggrin:

Honestly I don't think I knew it was wheated. That's friggin awesome. Gonna be a great weekend.

Everything I tasted of Randy's at Jedfest was quality liquor. His vodka was clean, and the maple was perfect. Still holding the take home for a special occasion.
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