Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed within the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was banned and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and lots of other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe have been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris. Artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway happen to be all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is typically known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and claiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many stated that if Absinthe isn’t banned then France has got to be nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even blamed for an alcoholic murdering his family even if he had been drinking other spirits right 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 made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss area of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is claimed 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 wonderful bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland did not happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately sent applications for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to be given a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
– The well-known La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s a clear Absinthe in a blue bottle and several people point out that it got its name from the blue reflections seen if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was developed to satisfy the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was manufactured to be distributed to the French market that has strict Fenchone laws and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is thought to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the renowned Golden Spoon Award in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
– La Clandestine Originale Alcool du Vin – A distillation of La Clandestine Originale utilizing a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for many who want their Absinthe to be slightly more bitter and to have the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is the same as antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon makes use of herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor. No man-made colors or additives are utilized and lots discuss about the Absinthes using a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is available to buy on their web shop but if you wish to try your hand at creating your own personal Absinthe containing wormwood then you can use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your very own premium Absinthe.