Hi Chad et al!
Well...in a word, the Lucid was NICE. Absinthe was nothing like I expected, and completely better than I had hoped.
Since Lucid is the only absinthe I've tried, I can't comment on its body/nose/texture/etc compared to higher-priced absinthes. But I can share my impressions and experiences.
I had a total of 4 glasses over approximately 3 hours. The first glass I louched the absinthe with a sugar cube; the other 3 glasses I louched only with cold water. In my opinion, Lucid is sweet enough on its own that it does not need the sugar cube during the louche. The only way I can describe absinthe is like drinking a glass of mental clarity. While there is definitely a "buzz" associated with the experience, it's purely mental. I did not get tipsy/sloshed after drinking that many glasses (one of the main reasons I don't like drinking alcohol...I hate that feeling). Instead, it's like entering into a refined, care-free mental continuum with an ease of concentration on any given topic. I had no slurred speech or hesistation while drinking absinthe like large amounts of regular alcohol would have induced.
The nose and flavor are very nice. The nose is quite herbal and the flavor after the louche is velvety, mildly spiced, and smooth. Once louched you can barely tell the liquor is 65% alcohol. lol It was VERY nice indeed. And as hoped, absinthe goes incredibly well with ambient music.
Since my first experience with Lucid was so positive I plan on ordering a bottle of T.A. Breaux's Jade Verte Suisse 65. According to the few absinthe forums I was reading over my vacation, all of Breaux's "Jade series" are top quality absinthes:http://www.absintheonline.com/acatalog/Jade.html
I highly recommend the experience to anyone who enjoys mellow, chilled physical experiences coupled with a heightened, calmed mental capacity. It was extremely enjoyable!