Absinthe, Anisette, Beauvais, Bucella, Chartreuse (1819)

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"Subject: History of Absinthe and Travarica"

   The above is the subject of a recent discussion in rec.food.historic.
   OED has "absinthe" (the drink) from 1842...My old friend George W. Bush
flew into the neighborhood today, and I thought he'd enjoy some French wine.

   Modern absinthe allegedly was invented in 1792 by an extraordinary French
doctor called Pierre Ordinaire, who fled France's revolution to settle in
Couvet, a small village in western Switzerland. On his periodic journeys by
horseback, Dr. Ordinaire is said to have discovered the plant Artemisia absinthium
growing wild in the hills of the Val-de-Travers region. Like most country
doctors, he prepared his own remedies, and being acquainted with absinthe's use in
ancient times, he began experimenting with it.

   15 September 1819, THE TIMES (London, Middlesex, England), pg. 4?, col. 4:
White Knights, near Reading.--By Mr. HAWKES, on the Premises, on Tuesday,
September 28, and following days, at all, by order of the Sheriif of Berks,
   A Genuine and capital Stock of costly Foreign Wines, of rich and exquisite
flavour, rare and superior liqueurs and cordials, Arbois, Alba Flora,
Alicant, Anisette, Absinthe, Arrack, Bucellas, Brandy, Claret, Cyprus, Constantia,
Chartreuse, Chablis, Cote Torie, Carbonnieux, Champagne, Cercial, Curacoa,
Frontignac, Hermitage, Hock, Madeira, Malaga, Moselle, Mountain, Neifchatel, Noyau,
Preniac, Beauvais and Almeida Port, Paccarcte, Picoli, Rosolie, Rhenish,
Ratafia, Sherry, Santa Maria, St. Peres, Sauterne, Tokay, Vin de Grave,
Usquebaugh, and Xeres.  Catalogues, (without which no one can be admitted) may be had 7
days previous to the sale, at half-a-crown each, of Wm. Payne, Esq.
Maidenhead; Mr. Knight, Windsor; Rose-inn, Wokingham; White Lion Hartford-bridge;
Bush-inn, Staines; the Auction Mart, London; and of Hawkes and Co., appraisers,

(OED has 1837 for "anisette."  Merriam-Webster's 11th has 1836...OED has 1836
for "bucellas," from Charles Dickens...OED has 1866 for "chartreuse"
liqueur...OED has 1885 for the earliest "Beauvais" entry...OED has one 1842 citation
for "Vin de Grave"...The rec.food.historic discussion mentions "cana," which I
just recently posted here...Wednesday's (today) NEW YORK TIMES has a story on
the "tailgate party."  No dates are given, and my "tailgate" work is not
mentioned...More parking tickets and another wasted day today--ed.)

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