To start, you should avoid Amazon and Ebay as they have become saturated with poor quality absinthe accessories and fake antiques.
Next, you will notice there are many different styles of absinthe fountains. They come in both all glass and metal and glass styles. But what most people aren't aware of is that they also come in different levels of quality. For example, you can buy an all glass fountain starting at around $60 and going all the way up to $200. So what's the difference?
With all glass fountains the major difference you'll see is the type and quality of the glass. The less expensive fountains are usually made with soda lime glass. Soda lime glass is very strong and is the type you'll see used for most drinking glasses for household use. The problem is when soda lime glass is used to make larger pieces, it tends to become brittle and easily breakable. So when you have an 18 or 20 inch fountain completely made of soda lime glass, it won't be as strong as the glass used in premium fountains known as borosilicate glass. Borosilicate glass, as you may know, is the glass used for scientific and laboratory type glassware like test tubes and beakers. It is extremely strong and has a very high resistance to temperature and impact. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with fountains made of soda lime glass. But the first time you bump it on your sink while filling, it will likely be the end of your fountain. Another problem with inexpensive all glass fountains is that often the spigots are not symmetrically placed. I'm not certain why this is but I have never seen a borosilicate fountain with non-symmetrical spigot placement. Note: Use caution as now some unscrupulous sellers are calling their glass borosilicate. If the fountain seems like too good a deal, it probably is.
With metal and glass fountains the major differences are design quality, detail and thickness of the metal. The fountain bowl on metal and glass fountains is usually soda lime glass. Because the glass bowl has both a top and bottom metal rim to strengthen it, soda lime glass in this case is not a problem. With lower quality fountains, one of the first things you'll notice is the difference in weight. Less expensive fountains are generally 3 to 5 pounds lighter than the higher quality models. A high quality, four spout metal and glass fountain will generally weigh upwards of 10 to 12 pounds. You also notice that on the quality fountains the plating is generally thicker. The thickness of the plate is not a huge issue. Just remember to never polish your metal and glass fountain with any type of abrasive cleaner. Most products labeled "Metal Cleaner or Polish" are very abrasive. Look for one labeled "Silver Polish" as these types of cleaners are generally less abrasive and will leave a protective coating on the metal to prevent further oxidation.
Metal & Glass vs All Glass Absinthe Fountains
All Glass Absinthe Fountains are much lighter and more portable than the metal and glass style. They come in any number of spout styles (1, 2, 4 and 6 spout) and require very little to no maintenance. They are also less expensive than the Metal & Glass Style. Some people are afraid to buy an all glass absinthe fountain fearing it will be easily broken. This is not true of glass fountains made correctly and of the proper glass. Look for an absinthe fountain that is made of borosilicate glass......Read More
What causes the “Absinthe Effect”?
This is a very good question. The source of the absinthe effect has been considered since the introduction of this magic elixir in the 1700’s. There is actually still a debate over whether or not the absinthe effect truly exists. I can tell you that I have experienced the absinthe effect and continue to do so on a regular basis. It is known that more than one herb used in the production of absinthe exhibits psychotropic properties. Psychotropic substances effect the CNS (central nervous system) to alter brain function. Such alterations can manifest as changes in mood, perception, consciousness and behavior…..Read More
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