Presenting Clandestine Absinthe

Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that has been distributed on the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.

Absinthe was restricted and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and many other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the nineteenth century.

Absinthe had been especially popular with the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway happen to be all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late 19th century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing problems with alcoholism and claiming that the compound thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many asserted that if Absinthe wasn’t banned then France has got to be nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held accountable for an alcoholic murdering his family regardless that he had been drinking other spirits right after the Absinthe. Absinthe was banned and prohibition began.

Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland

During prohibition, there was clearly obviously still a niche for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still created and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. In time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is claimed to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its great bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland did not happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be given a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon’s organization, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s actually a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and some people point out that it took its name from the blue reflections observed if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was produced to be sold to the French market which has strict Fenchone restrictions and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be marketed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is also considered to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the prestigious Golden Spoon Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
– La Clandestine Originale Alcool du Vin – A distillation of La Clandestine Originale using a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for those who want their Absinthe to be slightly more bitter and also to hold the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is just like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.

The Artemisia-Bugnon makes use of herbs grown in the region like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor. No artificial colors or additives are employed and several talk about the Absinthes possessing a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.

The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is available to buy on their web store but if you would like to try your hand at generating your own personal Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your personal premium Absinthe.