A great deal of that information is now omitted because it's been found to be erroneous or irrelevant. As you say, the info did not apply to liquor manufacture. I was simply trying to get at what the process was, where you read, it and how it applied to absinthe, as no such process has ever been used on a large scale to my knowledge.It trivially illustrated my larger point about info that's in older mainstream publications, but not in recent online introductions.
MaxH, I'd be very interested in the details of the infusion trick you mention. Most of the serious "newer enthusiasts" take their instructions from the 19th century protocols established by the actual makers at the time...
The newer enthusiasts I was referring to are the distillers, both commercial and hobbyist, who are reviving the knowledge laid down by their predecessors, the 19th absinthe makers.
Don't get distracted too far by assumptions even beyond mine! I did mean only bitter A. absinthium (basis of absinthe liquors and their name). "Newer enthusiasts" referred to tutorial authors, not absinthe makers.
The online absinthe world is made up of quite a few different communities. I'm just trying to figure out which one(s) you're talking about. Could you give specific examples of the tutorials, retained myths, the conventional wisdoms, etc. to which you're referring?