Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that has been distributed within the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and plenty of other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation in the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe have been especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris www.buy-absinthe.com. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all fans of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is normally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a negative picture of Absinthe during the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing problems with alcoholism and proclaiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many asserted that if Absinthe isn’t banned then France will be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held responsible for an alcoholic murdering his family even though he had been drinking other spirits after the Absinthe. Absinthe was restricted and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, clearly there was obviously still a market for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still created and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the house of Absinthe. It is actually claimed that Absinthe was developed by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet had become the Swiss capital of Absinthe manufacturing and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have carried on distilling Absinthe and distilled it with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its fantastic bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland did not occur until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be given a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s business, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
– The famous La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s actually a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and some people say that it got its name from the blue reflections seen once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was developed to meet the taste for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was produced to be distributed to the French market that 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 individuals who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to have the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is the same as antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon uses herbs grown in the region like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor more bonuses. No man-made colors or additives are widely-used and lots talk about the Absinthes using a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is accessible to buy on their web store but if you intend to try your hand at producing your individual Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your personal premium Absinthe.