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Where can I buy some Absinthe?

By Thumper - 12 May 2006 27

Since we (REVOLVER), recently wrote and recorded a song about the green faerie, we’ve decided to try some of it. However, i have no idea where to buy the stuff?

Anyone? Come on you beret wearing, black polo neck clad bohemians out there.

Green Devil (Mark Hunstone)

The bottle stands full with liquid green
The tortured throes of a demons dream
A sugar cube on a silver spoon
A rocket ride to the seven moons

Fly me away Green Devil
Sing me to sleep and I’ll dream of you

The city grey in wintertime
The coloured thoughts of a fertile mind
With lemon rind and aniseed
Wormwood herb and fennel weed

Fly me away Green Devil
Sing me to sleep and I’ll dream of you

The bottle spent of its liquid green
The carnivale is a sorry scene
The night descends as the twilight fades
The warmth retreats as the ghosts invade

Fly me away Green Devil
Sing me to sleep and I’ll dream of you

What’s Your opinion?


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27 Responses to
Where can I buy some Absinthe?
Maelinar 9:51 am 13 May 06

Thumper, I had a chat to your missus about it, DONT buy that stupid czech stuff, it’s as bonfire says, just mouthwash that’s been distilled.

I can get you some, I’m a regular drinker 🙂

Danman 5:42 pm 12 May 06

If you want somethign thats a no bull knock you on your arse drink, try some “Fenny”. I got it from Goa in India, and its absolutely revolting ( fermented from cashew nut fruit ) but 2 or 3 ( hold your nose ) shots and I guarantee that your world will take on a Goan slant… mmmm just need some beedees and Im back in Goa

theonlyjames 4:17 pm 12 May 06
theonlyjames 4:17 pm 12 May 06

Blamemonkey is on the right track.

Wired had a great article on the
Green Menace a while back that is worth a read. Lots of info on the differences between the widely available and traditional forms of Absinthe.

bonfire 4:16 pm 12 May 06

absinthe. an interesting regulatory tale.

little known fact – bonfire is one of the few people who sought and was granted a license to import absinthe from the then ANZFA prior to the product being ‘deregulated’ and available for import without a special license.

My advice.

What you see on the shelf at Dan Murphys may not technically be ‘absinthe’. Look at the percentage of thujone. Thujone is the chemical you are seeking to elicit the ‘high’ absinthe promotes.

Much of the absinthe at dan murphys is just green mouthwash with a high alcohol content.

jamius maximus 4:14 pm 12 May 06

It’s my understanding that full-on wormwood hallucinogenic absinth is illegal in Australia and has to be smuggled in from places where you can still get it.

Still, I have tried the supposedly mild Australian version and at a little over 60% alcohol, a shot still packs a punch. I didn’t see things but my mouth and throat felt like I had just done some draino or something (I didn’t use sugar).

Thanks to Jenny K for the shots too, who reads this site I think.

Mr_Shab 4:12 pm 12 May 06

Quite right Blamemonkey. The stuff you can buy is overpriced, revved-up ouzo with some added Thujone (a VERY small amount, thus complying with the relvant laws). I don’t think there’s actually any wormwood in it.

Ahh! But there’s thujone in it! It’ll still get me high – I hear you say.

I say no – the 80% alcohol will poleaxe you before the puny amount of psychoactive makes its presence felt.

Believe me, I’ve tried it. It’s a recipe for woe. It gives the very odd feeling of your brain being drunk, but your body being sober (disconcerting at best). Not to mention the screecing hangover it gives you.

If you want the green fairy, stick to the other green substances available more cheaply in our fine city.

Blamemonkey 4:01 pm 12 May 06

the stuff that you will be able to get won’t the traditional Green Fairy stuff, i don’t even think it is made from wormwood anymore

Thumper 3:54 pm 12 May 06

You’re looking around $100 on eBay.

Danman 3:39 pm 12 May 06

Eh I just assumed it was correct, after all, it was on the internet 🙂

And whats the damage for a locally sourced bottle? been lookin into buying some for ages, just a bit expensive.

Thumper 3:37 pm 12 May 06

And results will be published….

Thumper 3:33 pm 12 May 06

Dan Murphy’s it is!!!!!

Now for a silver spoon, gotta do this right you know….

Actually, Chernobyl means Wormwood…

DT 3:29 pm 12 May 06

Sorry, Dan Murphy’s. I always get those mixed up.

DT 3:28 pm 12 May 06

You can get it over the bar at Filthy’s (or at least you could a while ago), or by the bottle at Jim Murphy’s in Belconnen.

Danman 3:28 pm 12 May 06

3rd hit on google australian results only.
http://www.ultimowinecentre.com.au/absinthe.htm

I hear its not cheap

A few interesting facts from that same page

The word absinthe is derived from the Greek absinthion, meaning “undrinkable.”
Wormwood is mentioned in the bible a dozen times, including the Revelation of St. John: “And the third part of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the waters because they became bitter.”

The Russian word for absinthe is chernobyl.

Leaves of the absinthe plant are an effective deterrent to vermin. Thomas Tusser, in his 1577 book July’s Husbandry, notes “Where chamber is sweeped, and wormwood is strown, no flea for his life dare abide to be known.”

Pliny the Elder reported that the champions of Roman chariot races were given a cup of absinthe soaked in wine as a reminder that even victory has its bitter side.

The “Purl” of Tudor England was a drink comprised of hot ale and wormwood. Samuel Pepys mentions drinking it in his diaries.

At the turn of the century, the Pernod Fils distillery in Pontarlier, France produced 30,000 litres of absinthe a day, and shipped it around the world.

The Pernod plant was struck by lightning in 1901, causing an alcohol fire that raged out of control for four days. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of burning absinthe were discharged into the Doubs River, flavouring it with anise for miles downstream.

Celebrated absinthe drinkers included the painters Lautrec, Gauguin, Manet, Van Gogh and Picasso, along with the writers Rimbaud, Verlaine, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe and Jack London.

Absinthe was banned by most countries in a fit of anti-alcohol hysteria earlier this century.

Thujone, the principal active ingredient in absinthe, is chemically similar to THC, and is thought to attach to the same receptors in the brain.

Post your results here 🙂

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