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dav abu
Apr 27th, 2006, 06:47 PM
My friend has brought back from Spain (according to her) the strongest *absinthe known to man. Going drinking it tonight, I've never tried it before what should I expect?

*For those who don't know Absinthe is a dangerously strong drink, what we are having is over 85 or 90% strength and it is known to cause the drinker to hallucinate and has other wierd effects-which I would like to know before I down my first shot.

Nicjac
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:00 PM
One word of wisdom: Don't.

First of all it is a lie (the strongest Absinthe is brewed in Switzerland by tradition), and second you'll lose a lot of precious brain cells. Sorry to be a spoil sport - but it tastes like shit and it is just not worth it.

CondiLicious
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:05 PM
is that the one that's banned in the US?

dav abu
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:06 PM
I had a smell of it last night and it did not smell right!! I heard that about Switzerland and the purest form of it is brewed in Andorra as well, my friend picked it up in Barcelona. I'm thinking of chickening out or at the most having a thimble sized shot-a few whiskeys should suffice instead.

Nicjac
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:09 PM
is that the one that's banned in the US?

Yep. And it used to be banned in Switzerland. And almost everywhere else. Too many people died.

But that didn't keep anyone from :drink:

dav abu
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:12 PM
people died? OoooK! It is illegal in Ireland and in Britain as well as far as I know. Well if I do try a little or stay sober enough to observe my friends I'll let you know tommorrow what it was like.

CondiLicious
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:15 PM
It's actually legal in the UK. It's a myth that it's not.

dav abu
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:17 PM
It is definitely not available in Ireland, the only we ever get it-well the strongest stuff is if someone goes to France or Spain. Never heard of anyone trying to bring it back from Britain, is it because the strength in Britain is lower than on the continent?

Nicjac
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:20 PM
It's actually legal in the UK. It's a myth that it's not.

Depends on how the brand it is brewed and if it got an official certificate. The "Green Fairy" is legally in a lot of European countries now, but was forbidden for decades.

Dahveed
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:25 PM
people died? OoooK! It is illegal in Ireland and in Britain as well as far as I know. Well if I do try a little or stay sober enough to observe my friends I'll let you know tommorrow what it was like.

Try not to die so we can know!

Nicjac
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:26 PM
It is definitely not available in Ireland, the only we ever get it-well the strongest stuff is if someone goes to France or Spain. Never heard of anyone trying to bring it back from Britain, is it because the strength in Britain is lower than on the continent?

Yep.

If you never had it try it, but keep in mind that it is - if not watered down - much stronger than a regular drink. And the others taste better, let me assure you.

But - it has a huge fan base in Switzerland. And their brew ain't got no certificate.

griffin
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:28 PM
*For those who don't know Absinthe is a dangerously strong drink, what we are having is over 85 or 90% strength and it is known to cause the drinker to hallucinate and has other wierd effects-which I would like to know before I down my first shot.

Just for fun, do quick google of "absinthe" and "myth" :lol: - or read this, especialy the last few paragraphs: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/6/story.cfm?c_id=6&ObjectID=10357523

It can have a really high alcohol content though, so make sure you eat first and don't plan on driving anywhere.

Spunky83
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Depends on how the brand it is brewed and if it got an official certificate. The "Green Fairy" is legally in a lot of European countries now, but was forbidden for decades.

Exactly. To my knowledge, you can still get the original Absinthe in Spain but in other european countries such as Germany you get a lighter version of it which does no harm whatsoever (well apart from still being alcohol).

I am not sure about the whole process but the absinthe you can buy legally in most countries now is definetly not the same as decades ago due to which all the legendary stories came up in the first place.

Ive only drank the German one which is imported from some other european country. Its green, it tastes like licorice, its strong but not as strong as the Spanish one (like 50% alc.). Once I drank a whole glass of it along with two cocktails. I fell asleep in two seconds when we returned to the hotel and woke up a few hours after that with a horrible headache and absolutely felt sick. However, it would have the same effect with other alcoholic stuff.

As long as it is the legal one, you shouldnt worry about weird hallucinations or whatever but dont drink too much :tape:

beauty_is_pink
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Yeah my friends brought some back from Spain and we bought it to the cottage last year. some tried it, like DRINK it. I took a lil TINY sip and wanted to gag.. it's definitely not the best tasting alcoholic drink around..ew

dav abu
Apr 27th, 2006, 07:35 PM
It smells like really horrible, strong cough mixture.

janko
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:19 PM
Don t worry!

I m drinking absynth for a few years and I m still ok ;)

You can find it in Czech Republic, Slovakia or Poland
I m not sure it s the strongest but who cares? the one I ve got at home has 65%, you have the red one(chemical and uggly), or green and blue, which you can find in every pub, it s quite tastefull, my favour goes to drink it with a sugar and I light it in the glass, but don t drink with the fire !

I try the spanish one and it s really disgusting :fiery: tasting like nothing, just something to vomit...

so come to us and try again!

Na tvoje zdravie!

thalle
Apr 27th, 2006, 08:27 PM
I do not consider it as a drink really. Just an easy way to get drunk.

I tried it some weeks ago.

-I had been drinking about 3 beers before, and then my friend had taken some absinthe with her (we were at a club) so we drunk the absinth which was around 3 shots for each one. We later drank one more beer. I couldn't really feel that I was drunk, so... I remember I was dancing and listening to the music, then I went to the toilet and I don't remember anything else, except a friend calling me to say my other friend (who had brought the absinthe) was really worried and thought I had ended up in a random bed. I then told her that I was at the left toilet with puke all over me, and that I had been sleeping for about 3 hours.
She came back and helped me get home.

Morale: It's really strong. I did not feel it right away, but it can be bad. The alcohol percent was about 80 % I think... I was later told that people had tried to call me and that I had actually answered the phone and later hung up. People outside the toilet had been knocking on the door (luckily, there's 3 ladies toilets there), but I had just kept on sleeping, though I do remember now that I heard the voices and felt my phone vibrate...
Just be careful and don't be surprised if you get a hangover!

croat123
Apr 27th, 2006, 09:38 PM
yup, take janko's advice. add some sugar and light it

it tastes like agua ardiente (if u've tried that)

Scotso
Apr 27th, 2006, 09:49 PM
I find it amusing that a lot of European countries won't allow absinthe to be sold locally, but can be produced for export. :p

BigB08822
Apr 27th, 2006, 10:09 PM
Come back and tell us what is is like, I am curious. I wouldn't do it though, I would just watch my friends.

dav abu
Apr 29th, 2006, 01:03 AM
The Absinthe Report.

What a night and you could say that it has just finished over 24 hours later! When we finally got one friend to stop vomiting!

Anyways I'm fine because I got to the party late (at about 11.30) and only had a few Guinness and one shot of the stuff. One shot was more than enough. The stuff burns the insides, its like a million shots off sambuca-drinking floor polisher couldn't be worse. I staggered out onto the balcony and gasped for air and thought I was on fire! Well I wasn't going to chance anymore after that. My friends at that point were plastered on the stuff and were going completely berserk. Biting people (my face), coming onto everyone(who they really shouldn't have been coming onto), trying to climb over the balcony, screaming at the top of their voice, not being able to stand, vomiting everywhere, writing all over their bodies and the walls, licking the TV, tearing off their clothes, licking and chewing the furniture and eventually they passed out. This morning they couldn't remember one single thing from the night before- I asked them did they think they hallucinated but the night before was a complete blank but from my observations that drink is fucked up and I would say yes they went somewhere far beyond drunk. I mean we get up to high jinks a lot of the time when we've been partying, these girls are drinking buddies of mine and are well able to handle alcohol but last night they were off their heads and today they were violently sick all day and one of them is still throwing up. So my assessment of absinthe is I wont be trying it, my friends have certainly vowed to never touch the stuff again but overall it was an extremely interesting experience.

Solitaire
Apr 29th, 2006, 04:22 AM
^ :lol: Sounds like a crazy time! Ur ladies friends seemed to let the reputation of Absinthe take them to a crazy place. Often when something is guaranteed to F u up it gives u licenses to go crazy.

Good for u for trying it out. The hangover part sounds really bad. :sad:

dav abu
Apr 29th, 2006, 04:40 AM
I know what you mean about when something has a reputation but I honestly don't think the drink had a placebo effect-they went completely spa and can't remember a thing :D The hangover is definitely nothing to laugh about!

Nicjac
Apr 29th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Yeah right - I forgot to mention the extra expenses for the clean-up crew.

Put a notch on your belt and get back to the good tasting stuff. :D

fifiricci
Apr 29th, 2006, 12:15 PM
The absinthe you buy in the offies over here (ie in the UK) is legal, of course. Someone bought me a bottle a few years ago (can't imagine why :lol: ) and it was okay provided you didn't drink too much of it. Basically its like very strong tasting pernod/ouzo. I only drank one at a time, diluted with lots of water. If you drink it tequila slammer style, of course you will be in trouble!

The moral is, everything in moderation children ;)

katiektc
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:39 PM
It is definitely not available in Ireland, the only we ever get it-well the strongest stuff is if someone goes to France or Spain. Never heard of anyone trying to bring it back from Britain, is it because the strength in Britain is lower than on the continent?

Oh it is legal and available in Ireland! Why, just this tuesday past, I had a little shot of absinthe when I was out in a club in Belfast. It tastes pants, but don't all shots?! If anyone died from drinking it, they must have just gone overboard on the drinking and had just a tad too much.

And no, it has never made me hallucinate. lol.

dav abu
Apr 29th, 2006, 02:44 PM
Belfast is in Northern Ireland so they have different rules but it is possible that they would be a watered down version available in the off licences sur there is a version of poteen being sold legally in some places now :D

katiektc
Apr 29th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Belfast is in Northern Ireland so they have different rules but it is possible that they would be a watered down version available in the off licences sur there is a version of poteen being sold legally in some places now :D

Yes, I know Belfast is in N.Ireland, thanks ;) lol but I've had absinthe in three different places down south so it's unlikely it is illegal.

Poteen is minging.

CooCooCachoo
Apr 29th, 2006, 04:40 PM
The Absinthe Report.

What a night and you could say that it has just finished over 24 hours later! When we finally got one friend to stop vomiting!

Anyways I'm fine because I got to the party late (at about 11.30) and only had a few Guinness and one shot of the stuff. One shot was more than enough. The stuff burns the insides, its like a million shots off sambuca-drinking floor polisher couldn't be worse. I staggered out onto the balcony and gasped for air and thought I was on fire! Well I wasn't going to chance anymore after that. My friends at that point were plastered on the stuff and were going completely berserk. Biting people (my face), coming onto everyone(who they really shouldn't have been coming onto), trying to climb over the balcony, screaming at the top of their voice, not being able to stand, vomiting everywhere, writing all over their bodies and the walls, licking the TV, tearing off their clothes, licking and chewing the furniture and eventually they passed out. This morning they couldn't remember one single thing from the night before- I asked them did they think they hallucinated but the night before was a complete blank but from my observations that drink is fucked up and I would say yes they went somewhere far beyond drunk. I mean we get up to high jinks a lot of the time when we've been partying, these girls are drinking buddies of mine and are well able to handle alcohol but last night they were off their heads and today they were violently sick all day and one of them is still throwing up. So my assessment of absinthe is I wont be trying it, my friends have certainly vowed to never touch the stuff again but overall it was an extremely interesting experience.

Licking the TV?

Chewing the furniture?

:rolls: :haha:

dav abu
Apr 29th, 2006, 04:41 PM
oh sorry didn't see the Irish flag just saw the location as Liverpool :) poteen is too strong but its nice in christmas cake.

TdF_DBLL
Apr 29th, 2006, 05:04 PM
Well I don't exactly know if it is the real absinthe, which was forbidden in whole Europe long time ago. But the fake was always 'allowed' here in the Netherlands. And even a few years ago the real one was legalized again.

If you drink you should drink the green one, it's the best by far. But I shouldn't advice anyone to drink it pure. But if you light it, and you like it then it's nice.

fnuf7
Apr 29th, 2006, 09:40 PM
I tried some Black Absinthe which someone had bought in Turkey (I think...somewhere like Turkey at least ;) ) and that was 85% strength, may have even been in the 90% range. But to be honest I didn't really have any problem with it at all, I mean it tasted horrid and I certainly wouldn't be able to drink large amounts but 2 shots was fine and the burning sensation as you swallowed was actually quite pleasant in a weird way! ;)

katiektc
Apr 29th, 2006, 11:01 PM
I tried some Black Absinthe which someone had bought in Turkey (I think...somewhere like Turkey at least ;) ) and that was 85% strength, may have even been in the 90% range. But to be honest I didn't really have any problem with it at all, I mean it tasted horrid and I certainly wouldn't be able to drink large amounts but 2 shots was fine and the burning sensation as you swallowed was actually quite pleasant in a weird way! ;)

Exactly! It's like any other shot - just a tad foul but I still drink them sometimes anyway ;)

Poteen christmas cake?! :eek: There is no need for that! lol! But I hate Xmas cake anyway ;) I've only ever tasted poteen once, at a mates house. I was already drunk so probably shouldn't have drank it, and it was minging!

The Daviator
Apr 29th, 2006, 11:51 PM
I don't see why you were compelled to take it dav abu? :shrug:

fnuf7
Apr 30th, 2006, 12:17 AM
Exactly! It's like any other shot - just a tad foul but I still drink them sometimes anyway ;)

Poteen christmas cake?! :eek: There is no need for that! lol! But I hate Xmas cake anyway ;) I've only ever tasted poteen once, at a mates house. I was already drunk so probably shouldn't have drank it, and it was minging!

Ah my foul-tasting shot of choice is usually Jagermeister or Goldschlager although I actually don't find them foul-tasting at all! ;) They're especially good if you mix a shot of each together to create one big Goldjagerschlager, mmm mmm ;)

On a sidenote, I also hate Xmas cake and have never tried poteen version either ;)

Kirt12255
Apr 30th, 2006, 01:40 AM
"absinthe" = :scared:

Ughhh don't go near the stuff...you will feel seedy for days

katiektc
Apr 30th, 2006, 11:21 AM
Ah my foul-tasting shot of choice is usually Jagermeister or Goldschlager although I actually don't find them foul-tasting at all! ;) They're especially good if you mix a shot of each together to create one big Goldjagerschlager, mmm mmm ;)

On a sidenote, I also hate Xmas cake and have never tried poteen version either ;)

Goldjagerschlager?! :speakles: ;) Actually Goldschlager isn't the worst of them - the little bits of gold stuff intrigues me! ;) But red aftershock (or any aftershock for that matter!) is just foul and I havn't touched it since my 16th birthday where I had about a million of them...*barf* ;)

Solitaire
Apr 30th, 2006, 11:29 AM
Goldjagerschlager?! :speakles: ;) Actually Goldschlager isn't the worst of them - the little bits of gold stuff intrigues me! ;) But red aftershock (or any aftershock for that matter!) is just foul and I havn't touched it since my 16th birthday where I had about a million of them...*barf* ;)


Goldschlager is kid stuff. It just looks pretty. :p

Try "EverClear" 95% alcohol (190 proof ) :crazy:

dav abu
Apr 30th, 2006, 02:36 PM
Got some real hardcore heavy drinkers on this site :D Daviator all I had was one shot of the stuff, I hadn't the bottle to have anymore-thank f*ck when you consider the aftermath!

TdF_DBLL
Apr 30th, 2006, 02:58 PM
Goldschlager is kid stuff. It just looks pretty. :p

Try "EverClear" 95% alcohol (190 proof ) :crazy:

Well that's the problem with the goldschalger some kids here drink about a whole bottle when they are quite young, say 14-16 years. The effects are horrorible.

fnuf7
Apr 30th, 2006, 07:57 PM
Oooh I love Goldschlager, it's pretty, tastes nice (in my opinion ;) ) and doesn't make me retch like so many other drinks do :D

If you want a delicious shot/drink have Creme de Menthe mixed with Baileys, it's like drinking an After Eight mint :) Lovely!

Worst tasting in my opinion is probably Grappe, hate the stuff and it smells like old socks *puke*

katiektc
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:06 PM
If you want a delicious shot/drink have Creme de Menthe mixed with Baileys, it's like drinking an After Eight mint :) Lovely!

Ooh, ChocPops! They are lush. The nicest shot there is! They are yummy. (I sound like a raving alcho ;))

Not heard of this Grappe stuff! Sounds er...nice! Does it taste like crap then? Or just rhyme with it? Lol ;)

lee station
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:22 PM
Absynthe is a french alcoholic beverage not spanish, and it's distilled from a fungus.

I tasted it once and it's wild but I don't recommend

TdF_DBLL
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:23 PM
Oooh I love Goldschlager, it's pretty, tastes nice (in my opinion ;) ) and doesn't make me retch like so many other drinks do :D

If you want a delicious shot/drink have Creme de Menthe mixed with Baileys, it's like drinking an After Eight mint :) Lovely!

Worst tasting in my opinion is probably Grappe, hate the stuff and it smells like old socks *puke*

Well I love the Goldschlager taste as well, but drinking many shots can have really bad effects, like most strong drinks cause you mostly don't feel it immediately when you become drunk.

TdF_DBLL
Apr 30th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Absynthe is a french alcoholic beverage not spanish, and it's distilled from a fungus.

I tasted it once and it's wild but I don't recommend

I don't know exactly but Henri-Louis Pernod was the first one who brew for commercial goals. But I dunno he's french or not, he bought the recipe in Swiss, according to wikipedia.