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cap, captain miss america

This really happened one night during Mardi Gras at Scott’s bar back when he was at the Green Goddess in NOLA. I meant to draw a comic about it then, but I sort of tapered off on my auto-bio comics and did more fictional ones at that point, so it never happened. Now I’ve been doing more real life stuff on account of the distillery, so I figured I’d get this one done too.

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I had this conversation with my friend last weekend.

Me: We can go out to a bar, or I have lots of liquor at the house. I even have absinthe right now.

Her: Is that good?

Me: I really like it... it tastes like licorice though.

Her: Red licorice?

Me: ... no, black licorice, like anise.

Her: Gross.

... I'm weird about anise. I generally am not a fan of it as an herb, and I have mixed feelings about licorice candies sometimes, and even smelling jaeger makes me sick to my stomach, but I enjoy root beer and absinthe just fine. Although I think with the absinthe it's partly a case of mind over matter. I really WANT to like absinthe, so I do.

Absinthe is also more flavors that just licorice, so it has other botanicals that add complexity to it. It's not like eating black jellybeans!

I don't like black licorice at all, but when I had absinthe with sugar, it was really good! Just not good enough to be worth continuously shelling out for.

I'm weird with anise-y flavours, too. They're supposed to be one of the quintessential "love or hate" things, but I think it's supposed to vary between tasters, not within them.

Me, I love licorice, hate aniseed, hate fennel, love absinthe straight (sipped, not shot), and hate absinthe with burnt sugar and water and ponciness. Licorice-flavoured candies can be variable; ditto the weird other colours of absinthe. And that "throat coat" tea makes me want to claw out my esophagus.

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