It was in the Mitte district in Berlin where I stumbled upon the Absinthe Depot. Yes, a store dedicated to selling only absinthe. A spirit at one time banned in the US, because of its extremely high alcohol content and for pressumably possessing hallucinogenic properties, absinthe is in essence the "forbidden fruit" of its day, making it even more desirable. Popular amongst the European "boho" crowd and artists of the 19th century, absinthe was seductive and developed a dark reputation. It is rumored that Van Gogh cut off his ear while under the influence.
For it's rare and limited availability back home, I felt justified in my decision to purchase a few bottles as gifts. The mystique and history of the liqeur made it irrisistible. The shelved bottles were gorgeous, colorful and showcased in all shapes and sizes. It was inviting, so much so, that I bought one labeled Enigma for myself. The name sold me. Hunh,..how apropo.