Many Absinthe aficionados wish to know much more about
the drink of the Green Fairy and its history. So, let’s learn where is the birthplace of Absinthe.
Legend has it that Absinthe was created by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor in the Swiss Val de Travers town of Couvet. Ordinaire produced Absinthe as an elixir or tonic for his patients and it was thought to have amazing outcomes on his patients.
The crucial ingredient of Ordinaire’s elixir was the herb worwmood, artemisia absinthium, a plant named after the goddess Artemis. Wormwood had been used for thousands of years in medicine so it was a sensible choice for Ordinaire’s tonic. Wormwood posesses a substance known as thujone and it was this substance that brought on the banning of Absinthe in the early 1900s. Thujone was believed to be psychoactive also to result in psychedelic effecs similar to THC in cannabis. We now know that thujone is just not like THC and, though it can effect the GABA receptors inside the brain, a person needs to ingest huge amounts of thujone to do this and Absinthe only consists of very small amounts.
Couvet is within the Swiss canton of Neuchatel inside the Val de Travers region. It is actually noted for being the homeland of Absinthe and also for being the home of the distillery of bootleg Absinthe distiller and artisan, Claude-Alain Bugnon. Bugnon was presented with an Absinthe recipe by a friend that his aunt, distiller Charlotte Vaucher, had been using since 1935. Bugnon made a decision to use the recipe to distill his very own bootleg clandestine Absinthe in the Absinthe ban. He was the first Absinthe distiller to inquire about the Swiss government to get a license to distill Absinthe in 2004. In March 2005, the Absinthe ban was raised and Bugnon was able to legally distill his Absinthes and La Clandestine was placed on sale.
Bugnon’s distillery “C A Bugnon Artemisia Distillerie Artisanale” now distills his award winning selection of Absinthes making use of the best standard Absinthe herbs and also alpine plants. His array includes:-
La Clandestine Originale – This was the very first Absinthe to be distilled by the Artemisia distillery in 2005. It is actually produced from 10 various herbs, such as wormwood and anise (or anisÃ©) and is a winner of a gold medal within the Concours Nationale des Spiritueux Suisses. La Clandestine is 53% abv or 106 proof. La Clandestine is actually a classic Swiss La Bleue (clear) Absinthe.
La Clandestine with wine alcohol base – This is just like La Clandestine but is manufactured using wine alcohol that was made use of by Pernod in the nineteenth century but is not a traditional base for Swiss clandestine Absinthes. Bugnon describes this Absinthe as giving a “roundness within the mouth”.
La Capricieuse – This Absinthe is a tougher Absinthe having a higher alcohol content (72% abv, 144 proof). It is based on the recipe for La Clandestine however with a greater alcohol content.
Recette Marianne – Bugnon created this absinthe as he wanted to be in the Absinthiades in Pontarlier, France. France still have strict rules governing Absinthe – Absinthe drinks cannot be labeled Absinthe as well as complying to EU legislation relating to thujone, they also have to possess low fenchone levels. Fenchone is the chemical present in fennel, a classic Absinthe ingredient. Bugnon created this low fenchone Absinthe especially for the French market plus it won the Golden Spoon award at the Absinthiades in 2005, 2006 and 2007. It has an abv of 55% (110 proof).
Angelique Verte Suisse – It’s a classic Swiss verte, or green, style Absinthe and it is created using 12 herbs which includes wormwood and angelica. It has got an abv of 72% (144 proof) and was launched by Bugnon in 2007.
Bugnon’s Absinthes are obtainable to buy on some websites including his own absinthe-suisse.com.
You can create your own Swiss style La Bleue by using the Absinthe Clear essence coming from AbsintheKit.com. This essence could be ordered online for $3.95 for 20ml that makes one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or as part of a kit to create 14 bottle of Absinthe for $29. AbsintheKit’s essences are manufactured by distilling natural Absinthe herbs and you simply need to mix the essence with vodka or everclear to manufacture a real wormwood Absinthe.
So, where is the birthplace of Absinthe? Couvet is the birthplace of Absinthe and is also the location of some very nice present day Absinthes.