November 12, 2013

Dracula 1x03 “Goblin Merchant Men” 

As a final tip, Robinson urges newcomers to avoid the ersatz tradition of setting absinthe on fire to melt the sugar cube before pouring water. The method is promoted as a “Bohemian” preparation by marketers of some European brands, but also gained a foothold from Hollywood, in particular “From Hell” in which Johnny Depp’s Victorian London character torches his absinthe.

Experienced absintheurs see it as a cheesy and savage practice, and one that makes as much sense as microwaving caviar or stubbing out a cigar in a fine 18-year-old single malt scotch.

Another consideration is that burning glasses can shatter under heat, or get tipped over by drinking buddies, and the insurance adjusters visiting the charred skeleton of your house might not be amused to learn that you were playing with a Molotov cocktail in your living room while intoxicated.

"Friends don’t let friends flame absinthe," Robinson said.

(via How to buy and drink good quality absinthe)

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    Fine imagery.
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    It’s really just visually pleasing and that’s it (which explains why it caught on in Hollywood) (visuals, just visuals)
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