Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed on the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was restricted and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and plenty of other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Absinthe ended up being especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway happen to be all fans of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and proclaiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many said that if Absinthe was not banned then France would be a 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 banned 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 home to Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was developed by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as 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 took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly affected by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have persisted distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its great 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 applied for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to become granted a license for Absinthe production 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 excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and a few people say that it got its name from the blue reflections noticed when the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was developed to be distributed 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 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 using a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for people who want their Absinthe to be slightly more bitter and to possess the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is just like 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 employed and lots speak of 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 online shop but if you wish to try your hand at creating your own personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your individual premium Absinthe.