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 several other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe had been especially popular with the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris www.buy-absinthe.com. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all fans of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late 19th century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing problems with alcoholism and declaring that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many said that if Absinthe was not banned then France will be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held responsible for an alcoholic murdering his family regardless that he had been drinking other spirits following the Absinthe. Absinthe was forbidden and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was clearly obviously still a market for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was made 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. Soon enough, Couvet had become the Swiss capital of Absinthe manufacturing and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is claimed to have persisted distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland didn’t take place 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 production in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts 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 within a blue bottle and several people claim that it took its name from the blue reflections seen if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was made to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was manufactured to be sold to the French market that has strict Fenchone rules and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be sold. 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 many who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and also to hold the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is usually like 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 flavoured liquor check that. No artificial colors or additives are used and lots speak of the Absinthes having a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is available to buy on their internet store but if you want to try your hand at creating your own Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your very own premium Absinthe.