Mansinthe – The Antichrist of Absinthe?

Hieronymous Bosch

Hell (circa 1490)

“If by fire Of sooty coal th’ empiric alchymist Can turn, or holds it possible to turn, Metals of drossiest ore to perfect gold.” John Milton

It’s a hell of a time to be in the absinthe business! New brands are coming out quicker than you can chant a Satanic rite. Absinthe for me has always been a little bit of Heaven…but it seems the media’s plastic devil in makeup wants in on the action.

The trumpets are sounding and the Marilyn Manson Mansinthe hype is upon us! The Antichrist of Absinthe has arrived! Or has he? You not only get a bottle of Mansinthe, you get a label which features a picture created by cheeky Brian Hugh Warner himself. What really made me cringe was the 66.6% alcohol content. Heaven save us from the machinations of those devils in suits… advertising executives!

It’s nice to know that these bottles of devil juice are being knocked out by the very same conservative Swiss distiller (Matter-Luginbühl) also making this new cocktail absinthe (Marteau Verte), from the holier than thou pony tailed founder of the Wormwood Society. Strange bedfellows indeed…but with a common parent.

Who will jump on the bandwagon next? Perhaps we should watch out for Loch Ness Absinthe – created by a little known Scottish hermit, inspired by the green monster of the loch, and a secret recipe book once owned by Lady Macbeth?

Prototype 35 of his absinthe, the wonderfully named Mansinthe, has sold out despite being priced at close to $1000 a bottle.

😯 I was recently offered a few rare original bottles of 100mg thujone Century Absinth (2005) for a figure not dissimilar to that…so I’ll probably go for that classic over a bottle of vapid publicity bubbles, and a depressing label painted by Mr Manson.

“My vice is absinthe. I don’t know so much about its repercussions.”

👿 I suppose that Marilyn Manson should pay a visit to one of the many modern day “absinthe professors” who will enlighten him.

The original absinthe professors frequented the bars and cafes of Fin de Siecle Paris, advising people on how to properly prepare an absinthe. They gave this instruction in return for a glass – nice work if you can get it! Modern day “absinthe professors” frequent absinthe forums, and turn nasty if you ask inconvenient questions about thujone. Thujone is the closed gate to real absinthe sales in the USA – but some say it’s the gateway to the real mystery of absinthe.

Whom do you hate

“Marilyn Manson may not know his Nietzsche from his Nazis, but he has had the commercial savvy to make a success of his nihilist schtick, writes Antonella Gambotto-Burke | September 29, 2007

8 responses to “Mansinthe – The Antichrist of Absinthe?

  1. I would like to know where you got the $1000 per bottle for the Prototype 35 from.

  2. The quotes are sourced with a link to the article at the bottom of the page (The Australian)

  3. The article is obviously wrong about the price. There were a small handful of autographed bottles that were rediculously expensive, but the normal bottles of P35 that I got didn’t cost any more than any other normal bottle.

  4. So what was it like, Shabba? What is the thujone level – I assume it is above 10mg? How does it compare to P33?

    Satan, through Marilyn Manson, is gathering our young by convincing them that its OK to love themselves.

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  5. Ah, it wasn’t quite obvious…

    Well, the $1000 is all wrong unless someone privately managed to pull that off in an auction or such.

    Also, I know the limited ed. bottles are sold at about €300 if I’m not wrong.
    I wouldn’t buy it, but it’s with that as with anything else. If you’re fan enough, you’ll pay it.

    For clarity – the $1000 is obviously AUD which equals close too USD900. The actual price for limited ed. ready-labelled Pre-release bottles (NOT the Prototype 35) is about USD400.

  6. P33 vs P35 – seems only Shabba has the answer. Are they made in the same pot?

    I bet we’ll have to wait till hell freezes over for an answer to that one..still Shabba may surprise us with an exclusive review 🙂

  7. Manson should get his skinny gothic ass over to Hiramsville for a good ‘ol time t’bone thrashing.

  8. “What is the thujone level – I assume it is above 10mg? ”

    And why would you suppose that I know the answert to that question? I care nothing about thujone levels in ANY absinthe I drink, as I know it doesn’t matter. I’m not drinking it for the thujone, and whatever effects you purport it to have.

    “I bet we’ll have to wait till hell freezes over for an answer to that one..still Shabba may surprise us with an exclusive review ”

    Or you could read the comments on both at the two sites that you seem to LOVE perusing. those being WS and FV. I’m sure it would be no additional work for you to find them, since you seem to know your way around pretty well.

    It wouldn’t be an exclusive review at all, as lots of people on both FV and WS have tried both the P33 and P35. But, I’m sure you knew that already. I don’t know why you’re singling me out.

    And for the record, Marteau vs. Mansinthe, they are completely different products. I’m not saying one is better than the other, they just have completely different flavor profiles.

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