August 1st 2007: Three Stars for Jennifer Rosen! of the Rocky Mountain News
😯 “And now, for the first time since 1912, you too can legally partake of absinthe, thanks to the European Union’s pointing out a loophole in the U.S. ban”
😯 “Most pre-ban absinthe contained less than 10mg of thujone per liter”
😯 “this travesty was invented in the ’70s by makers of cheap Czech Republic Absinth (sic) to make their ersatz product fashionable and a little less revolting. Note the missing “e” and give it a wide berth”
Rocky Mountain News, July 31st . Spin rating: 3 stars
A three star hit for Jennifer Rosen, the “journalist“… and introducing a whole new tactic from the spin meisters of absinthe! It was the European Union what done it, guv! Sure it was, Jennifer.
Dear Jennifer, you might also like to know that the only place you could get absinthe in the 70s was Spain, as the Communists shut down production in Czechoslovakia in the late 1940s. The people that told you this “story” were still in short trousers then! When production did restart in Czechoslovakia in 1990 they were also nowhere to be seen! They popped up recently, started “testing” bottles of pre ban absinthe, and styling themselves as “microbiologists“, “absinthe historians” and “experts“. Not jewellery dealers etc., as is the case. As a journalist you should ask yourself : were these tests peer reviewed. They were not!
Also Dear Jennifer, just in case you didn’t know: absinth is the German spelling of absinthe (which means wormwood in French). The language of the former Hapsburg Empire, of which the current Czech Republic was a part, was German.
Readers should note in the article a commercial plug for a specific online shop. An online shop run by a former jewellery dealer. Suspicious?…you should be.
To be continued…