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Absinthe in VA
Posted by: The Green Fairy ()
Date: April 27, 2012 05:07PM

Hey anyone know what abc's sell absinthe? I have seen alot of stores selling the grande absinthe 110 proof shit, but this is not legit absinthe. Absinthe is now legal in VA and on abc's website they sell the Lucid (124 proof) and Pernod (136 proof). I have yet to come across either of these bottles at any abc in N. Va. Just wondering if anyone else has seen em out and about?

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Aunt Betty's Candy Store ()
Date: April 27, 2012 05:19PM

Damn, son...where do think this is? Paris, France? Lucid and Pernod are available on an order basis only. We've stocked them and they don't sell.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: The Green Fairy ()
Date: April 27, 2012 05:21PM

Guess ill have to go see the derpas in DC for my green juice.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Too Loose ()
Date: April 27, 2012 05:29PM

I love me that purple drank!

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Frank Booth ()
Date: April 27, 2012 07:00PM

Fuck that shit!! Pabst Blue Ribbon!!!!

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Alexander Smith ()
Date: April 29, 2012 12:04AM

The Green Fairy Wrote:
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> Hey anyone know what abc's sell absinthe? I have
> seen alot of stores selling the grande absinthe
> 110 proof shit, but this is not legit absinthe.
> Absinthe is now legal in VA and on abc's website
> they sell the Lucid (124 proof) and Pernod (136
> proof). I have yet to come across either of these
> bottles at any abc in N. Va. Just wondering if
> anyone else has seen em out and about?


What area are you in? In Tysons, Lucid and Pernod are at the ABC next to Clyde's. I frequently buy Lucid though, and recently the spoon comes with the box. Absinthe gives a very "happy" drunk to whomever hasn't had the chance to try it yet.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Rockinitis ()
Date: April 29, 2012 12:08AM

Frank Booth Wrote:
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> Fuck that shit!! Pabst Blue Ribbon!!!!
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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Tom_Mason ()
Date: May 04, 2012 02:19PM

Frank: Do they even make PBR anymore? I haven't seen any around here in decades. Would like to get me some though.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: JBass ()
Date: May 04, 2012 02:22PM

Absinthe in the States is not real. It does not contain high enough levels of thujone to be considered Absinthe. What they sell in Virginia is black liccorace flavored gut rot.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: BrandonG.M.U. ()
Date: May 04, 2012 03:53PM

There is some overpriced stuff (like $40) with a portrait on Vincent Van Gogh. The one in Annandale on Little River carries it. I had the stuff one time at that Volt bar in Frederick MD. Stuff tastes like licorice.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Bogus ()
Date: May 04, 2012 04:22PM

There is a chemical in traditional absinthe called Thujone, this chemical is banned in food products by the FDA. This one chemical is what makes absinthe illegal to sell. Generally Thujone comes from an herb called wormwood that is used in the production process of absinthe.

Companies and the liquor industry have found that by filtering out this chemical they can legally sell their brand of absinthe in the USA.

The truth is that any absinthe sold in the USA will be determined by the FDA to be "Thujone Free". In the end whatever absinthe you find on the shelf will be "Thujone Free" according to the FDA

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: Europr ()
Date: May 04, 2012 04:22PM

Go to Amsterdam

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: leslie knope ()
Date: May 04, 2012 05:44PM

Bogus Wrote:
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> There is a chemical in traditional absinthe called
> Thujone, this chemical is banned in food products
> by the FDA. This one chemical is what makes
> absinthe illegal to sell. Generally Thujone comes
> from an herb called wormwood that is used in the
> production process of absinthe.
>
> Companies and the liquor industry have found that
> by filtering out this chemical they can legally
> sell their brand of absinthe in the USA.
>
> The truth is that any absinthe sold in the USA
> will be determined by the FDA to be "Thujone
> Free". In the end whatever absinthe you find on
> the shelf will be "Thujone Free" according to the
> FDA

Spent a year in Europe. The American absinthe i've tried was much better than any of the european stuff. Thujone/wormwood doesn't do anything, absinthe just happens to be extremely high in alcohol.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: The Virginian ()
Date: June 16, 2012 02:01AM

Actually the Thujone is found in Absinthe in the same quantities whether it is in Europe or North America. There is no Thujone free absinthe check with any distiller of it and they will confirm it. The reason it was banned around 1914 was homemade bootlegged absinthe was way too high in proof and had other more deadly stuff like coppersulfate added to make it look green. The French Wine Industry saw the popularity of absinthe cutting into their profits and they launched a campaign against it to reclaim marketshare.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: The Virginian ()
Date: June 16, 2012 02:10AM

A quote from the Richmond Times:

Regardless, modern absinthes, in keeping with EU regulations, contain less than 10mg of thujone per liter, despite the fact that foods that contain thujone have no restrictions at all. For example, sage and sage oil (which can be more than 50% thujone) are on the Food and Drug Administration's list of safe substances.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: PBR Man ()
Date: June 16, 2012 08:23AM

PBR is making a comeback. Whole Foods Fair Lakes had a huge display of it a couple of weeks ago and I saw it served at a couple of BBQ places, including Urban BBQ in Ashburn. Drinking PBR is now "retro" and cool.

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Re: Absinthe in VA
Posted by: greendrank ()
Date: June 16, 2012 09:16AM

stay away from anything Czech as it's not REAL Absinthe. If you want to drink green colored liquor with a hand full of that thujone crap thrown in be my guest. There are a lot of decent Swiss and French brands available but even those are hit or miss sometimes.

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