Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that has been distributed within the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was forbidden and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Absinthe have been especially favored by 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 devotees of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a poor picture of Absinthe in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and proclaiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many stated that if Absinthe was not banned then France has got to be nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held accountable for an alcoholic murdering his family despite the fact that he had been drinking other spirits after the Absinthe. Absinthe was forbidden and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, clearly there was obviously still a niche 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 being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. In 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 continued 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 legalisation in Switzerland did not take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to be granted a license for Absinthe production 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 several people point out that it got its name from the blue reflections observed when the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to meet the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be marketed to the French market that has strict Fenchone regulations and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is regarded as psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the esteemed 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 a little more bitter also to hold the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is the same as antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon utilizes herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor. No synthetic colors or additives are widely-used and lots discuss about the Absinthes possessing a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is accessible to buy on their web shop but if you intend to try your hand at making your own personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to create your individual premium Absinthe.