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Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure

Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure
Washington
62% ABV

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I am down to the final bottle from my absinthe-buying binge last December. The first two I sampled were both blanches—my first blanches in fact. I have to say, colorless liquids do diminish the absinthe-drinking experience for me, although the Clandestine was still amazing. So imagine my joy when I pour out Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure and find this.

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It has a beautiful tone of dominant thistle-yellow with a ring of turquoise green in the light. It smells of dried and crushed leaves, horehound, and moderate anise. I’m getting a root beer image from those scents. Don’t sniff too deep, though. I may have burned a few nose hairs from the alcohol vapors. Sipping it straight is a challenge—this absinthe is definitely strong at 124 proof. It’s grassier when sipping it versus smelling it, and it has a creamy aftertaste. Otherwise, it just burns my tongue, and so I’m moving on to the louche.

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Red Diamond Shiraz 2009

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009
Washington State

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This Shiraz has the most interesting nose I’ve smelled in a while. It’s full of leather and juicy blackberry. The wine itself is much thinner than expected for a Shiraz, but it’s nicely matured. Blackberry swoops up then is replaced with whipped cream and spices. Pink peppercorn, a hint of anise. It goes down easily, leaving something sweet on your tongue. That leathery nose is absent while sipping.

The wine is too thin for the berry to demand attention as it should, but it’s pleasant regardless. It’ll go down fast and there’s no shame in letting it.

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Travelogue: A Day in Ellensburg

Art at Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg

Art at Dick and Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg

This is the second travelogue on my adventures in Washington State in October 2012. The first covered my suggestions for a great day trip in Yakima, and this one is in the same vein. So spend a day with me in Ellensburg, located smack dab in the middle of the state. But first, we must get to its central valley location through some gorgeous mountain passes on Canyon Road.

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A lot of these passes made me think I was heading into Mordor, but some of them had too much gorgeous blue sky shining down on them for such a conclusion.

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Not to mention the Yakima River flowing by.

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First stop in town should definitely be taking a gander at Dick and Jane’s Spot (101 N. Pearl Street).

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This is a private residence owned by the Dick and Jane of the name. They are both artists in their own right and have been working on their “spot” for nearly 30 years. There is artwork from over 40 other Washington artists also on display in the yard.  Inside the fence is off limits, but take your time wandering around the whole house.

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