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We recommend rinsing your fountain before first using it, as there may be traces of powder left from the traditional metal-casting process.
Ice can be added to the water in the reservoir, to create the perfect temperature.
Rather than emptying the fountain straight after using it, it is recommended to leave it overnight, avoiding any small risk of thermal shock to the glass parts.
Contrary to what one might assume, absinthe fountains actually arrived very late in its history, carafes having been used before. It is thought that they were introduced by the absinthe-makers Cusenier in 1886, trying to give absinthe a healthy image. Water quality was not known to be of high quality, and so the fountains also contained a filter to remove impurities in the water supply.
Antique fontains are normally found with four taps, and were decorated with a coquerel, a symbol of France; an acorn; or a stylised pineapple, a traditional decorative form. It is believed these symbols were used to make the fountains, and absinthe, more acceptable to women at the time.
By Jean LafitteAdded on the : 18/01/2014
Extremely well built with solid craftsmanship and a weight that is unexpected.
No leaks, adjustable drip and a great buy all around.
By Dan MAdded on the : 16/05/2013
+ Very solid, much more so than it appears from the pictures.
+ Has a heavy, steady feel to it and does not lose balance easily, so the risk of breaking it or accidentally spilling it is minimal.
+ Very beautiful, elegant design. I was expecting it to look rather kitschy, but it doesn't at all, particularly when you also experience its weight.
+ Good as both an exhibition piece and a functional accessory, as the flow of water can be set for anything from sparse drops to a steady stream by slightly adusting the taps. The fact that they do not turn at the slightest touch makes it easier to accomplish this.
- Not a lot of attention given to details. The design is grand, but not perfect, as the finer elements are not awarded the appropriate attention for the price.
- The taps are slightly leaky, so it needs to be emptied rather quickly after use to avoid getting the table wet overnight.
- A bit tricky to assemble correctly, as it risks getting tilted if not slotted and screwed in properly.
I would give it 3.5 stars rather than 3 or 4, but given that most reviews give it 4 or 5, I believe 3 should do well to add a bit more balance. It's an beautiful piece, but not fantastic. I would recommend it to any enthusiast who also wants to showcase their passion to friends or simply enjoy a classy glass of absinthe on their own.
By absintheurAdded on the : 28/03/2013
Lovely and functional piece. We get a lot of use out of it.
By CyranoAdded on the : 27/03/2013
This fountain has to be seen and held in person to truly appreciate it. High quality, hefty weight, and beautiful conversation piece. Everything works fine and you can precisely adjust the drip from the spigots. It's also easy to disassemble and clean.
By BenAdded on the : 16/09/2012
I love this fountain, It's a great conversation piece and it's very relaxing to sit around it with friends and perform the the absinthe ritual over and over again.
By 100% satisfiedAdded on the : 13/01/2011
This was ordered as a gift for Christmas. It arrived perfectly packed and on time. I did order early. Sorry to hear others had delays. It is a beautiful piece. The pictures cannot possibly do it justice.
By Breath Taking!Added on the : 29/12/2010
I gave this lady fountain to my husband for Christmas this year and he absolutely loves it! It was much prettier than we expected. The picture does not do it justice!
Midlothian, TX, USA
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