Flavor and Fragrance Events : The Dark History of Absinthe


Just as I have been pondering on what events might combine the flavor and fragrance (even if not directly), I receive a newsletter from Culinary Historians of New York announcing The Dark History of Absinthe event. It is taking place on Tuesday, January 9, 2007. As the CHNY explains, “Absinthe, the potent, emerald-green liqueur, was said to drive people mad and is the only individual alcoholic beverage to be banned in countries around the world. It is still illegal in the United States today. Professor David Weir of Cooper Union will join us to discuss the dark, stormy, and fascinating history of absinthe.”

Time: 6:30 Reception 7:00 Program
Location: International Wine Center
350 Seventh Avenue, #1201
between 29th and 30th Streets
$25 CHNY Members $22 Student/Senior Members $40 Guests

Please send checks payable to Culinary Historians of New York to
Carolyn Vaughan, 150 E. 93rd St. #10B, New York, NY 10128
for more information go to www.culinaryhistoriansny.org or email [email protected]

Painting: Edgar Degas, Absinthe Drinkers, 1876.


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  • aryse: Thanks Victoria. And, for information, a new perfum (confidential for the moment) with notes of ABSINTHE and CANNABIS. http://www.absolument.net/ December 22, 2006 at 10:57am Reply

  • Anjali: I cannot tell you how fascinated I was with the concept of absinthe for the longest time, ever since I read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast. The moment I went to study abroad in Europe, I was determined to get my hands on some. Well, maybe it was because I happened on Spain first instead of Paris and tried it there, but to me, it tasted like…well, I think I described it at the time as “tasting like death.” Killed all my cravings where they stood anyway. I do still enjoy Grandflorium Abisnthe and L’Artisan Feu d’Absinthe though ūüôā December 22, 2006 at 11:14am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Aryse, thank you very much for mentioning it. I believe that I have a sample of this fragrance someplace, but I keep forgetting to unearth it. Absinthe and cannabis–this must be quite a combination! December 22, 2006 at 11:08am Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Anjali, I love this story! I have not been pleased with my first taste of absinthe either, but I suspect that it was because it was very strong. Yet, I love Douce Amere and Fou d’Absinthe. December 22, 2006 at 4:03pm Reply

  • Yellowcedar: Since I could not have a sip of Absinthe on the winter solstice ;=D, I wore Fou d’Absinthe in its honor. Don’t know about the drink, but the scent is lovely. December 22, 2006 at 7:36pm Reply

  • BoisdeJasmin: Yellowcedar, that is a perfect choice! I am wearing it tonight. December 27, 2006 at 12:11pm Reply

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