>The idea from SC was not half bad either<
it was not SC's idea...mr. segarra was not asked to make a 68° until january 2004, well after i had told SC that i had wanted julian to do this, but could not communicate it to him when i was there in 2001. unfortunately, my recounting of my meeting with segarra in 'emerald quest' was only half posted, and stopped right at the point where i presented him with a HG to taste. (his mother liked it more than julian). for some reason the other half was not posted and was lost, and i lost my original story during a hard-drive crash. (why did SC create 'old way' when they could have had something made by segarra?) i was told in october in pontarlier that segarra would probably go out of business in a couple of years, since his mother, who was a very driving force in his business, had died, and assumed (as was planned) that any sort of further development would never happen.
>next time they should just ask Segarra to craft another more complex absinthe without imposing any rules, just let the man do his work or just let him know that if he feels like crafting something new, they will be happy to sell it.
Unfortunately, based on your travel report, it seems absinthe is the last of his priority. <
in segarra's mind, he already has 'his' absenta in the 45°.
my impression from talking to him is that the 68° was done purely for marketing reasons, and not his own...it is extremely difficult to tell someone with commercial investments and reputation that what they are doing is good (especially if it is highly praised), but not good enough, and ask if they can make something else to your amateur specifications... i have pulled this off in french, but can only go so far, and my spanish is nonexistant!
this may all sound like sour grapes
and as much as i would be happy to sell it for choice, the cost plus UK alcohol taxes and shipping makes it impossible for LDF to stock.
Too cloying and obvious.
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