Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed over the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was banned and made illegal in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the nineteenth century.
Absinthe had been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris mysodawater. 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 generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late 19th century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and proclaiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many declared that if Absinthe isn’t banned then France will be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held responsible 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, there was clearly obviously still an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was developed by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss area of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Soon enough, Couvet took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe manufacturing and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have continued 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 several countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland didn’t occur until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to be granted a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
– The renowned 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 some people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections observed when the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was developed to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be distributed 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 it is considered to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the exclusive 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 slightly more bitter and also to have the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is usually like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon uses herbs grown in the area like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor bonuses. No synthetic colors or additives are utilized and lots talk about the Absinthes having a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery can be obtained to buy on their online store but if you intend to try your hand at creating your personal Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can definitely make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to create your own premium Absinthe.