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Beautiful Absinthe Spoons, The Review

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Wormwood Leaf Absinthe Spoon

Since discovering Absinthe, I’ve found the preparation to be quite fun when it comes to working with the spirit. While most accessories aren’t required many are preferred because it makes preparing absinthe easy and fun. Once you’ve got yourself an absinthe fountain, such as the low-cost one we’ve reviewed already or a more fancy alternative such as the Rozier Fee Fountain (which I’ll review later) you’ll want a neat spoon to trick out and accessorize your louche experience.

There are many spoon styles to choose from in a range of prices. I’ve started by trying some introductory spoons, such as the one that came with my bottle of La Fée Absinthe, and now I believe it’s time to move onto something a bit more fancy with a higher class quality and presentation. What I’ve got in my hands are few 24k Gold Plated absinthe spoons, imported from France by absintheonthenet.com. Let’s face it, if you’re going to be absinthe accessories of any quality, the Internet is the place to shop for this current niche product line.

There is no doubt in my mind a lower priced spoon will function just as well as a 24k Gold Plated Toulouse Lautrec Spoon. Yet there is a lot to be said for style and elegance and this USD $39.99 spoon holds both these qualities in a very heavy weight spoon (about double the weight of my basic silver absinthe spoons). Like regular kitchen accessories, some folks like their utensils of a higher grade and quality even though a standard lower-end utensil functions the just as well; the same can be said for absinthe preparation.

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Toulouse Lautrec Absinthe Spoon

The edges on the Toulouse Lautrec Absinthe Spoon have are refined and smooth where the cheaper silver spoons have harder edges that are a bit rough against the skin. The same can be said for a few of the other gold plated spoons such as the Bistro spoon (USD $36.99) and one of the coolest spoons, the Wormwood Leaf Spoon.

When you start getting into absinthe accessories you’ll find yourself purchasing above-average to expensive tools that reflect your own personality. Perhaps you’re into practicality and want a more general design or maybe you’d rather go fancy with etchings and carvings; there is a spoon to fit everyone.

I’ve found absintheonthenet.com has some extremely neat imported spoons that mirror the historic designs of old while bringing new grace and beauty to the absintheur in all of us. You can buy a low cost USD $19.99 absinthe spoon but you’ll not feel proud to hand that down through the family; many of these spoons can easily become a collectors items passed down from generation to absinthe-drinking generation.

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Bistro Absinthe Spoon

Next time, we’ll take a closer look at a fancy absinthe fountain and a bunch of very neat glass designs that can enhance your absinthe drinking experience. Are they needed? No, you can work absinthe magic without all these nice accessories just like you can stir a cocktail without a bar spoon or make a margarita in a standard glass tumbler. Sometimes creating a spirit is as much about the mood as it is the flavor.

What mood are you in?

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4 Comments

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    The Absinthe Review Network
    August 30, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Did a promotion with AOTN last year, very cool fellow that runs that store.:)

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    Peter Suslock
    August 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Kudos on a beautiful and well written blog. I’ve been in love with Absinthe and it’s deeply rich history of ritual for years. I suppose the true Absinthturs of the day, are much as we were hundreds of years ago – as passionate about the spirit itself as we are the accessories.

    I agree with you about the Wormwood spoon as it’s my favorite and I own dozens, albeit I rarely take sugar. I too have scoured the net and bought from a number of places, some reliable and some not. I adore the glass fountains and collect them. As for the metals traditional Bistro is a must have, but my heart belongs to the exquisitely Deco jolie dame (lady fountain)

    Having imported such Grand pieces from Frenchman directly and other shops abroad. It’s somewhat depressing to find such a line up of shoddy workmanship and knock offs here in the States. But if you look hard those gorgeous accouchements we adore are indeed here. Just waiting to be discovered by the discerning eye and all without the exorbitant shipping fees or risk international shipping can pose for delicate items.

    I was pleased to see you mentioned Absintheonthenet.com. Speaking from my experience I have yet to find a more reliable, educated source in the US. I’ve had the pleasure to speak with Tony directly and continue to find him a man of unparallel integrity offering a dizzying array of first quality spoons to Fountains. I would also mention to you that if you haven’t seen the lamp they carry, please do so. Similar lamps are priced upwards of $2200 and theirs is I believe $499, it’s a glorious piece, heavy, beautiful. And when lit you’re bathed in a light of Peridot bordering on Emerald.

    Luc, the proprietor of Vert D’ Absinthe in Paris carries wonderful pieces as well, but again the shipping can be prohibitive. You may have already tired it but Luc’s own Absinthe La Coquette is excellent. If you haven’t tried it, I would urge you to do so without hesitation.

    Thanks much for such a gorgeous site, it really is exceptional.

    Best,,

    Peter Suslock

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