Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed on the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and many other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe have been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris mysodawater. Artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and declaring that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many stated that if Absinthe isn’t banned then France will be a 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 restricted and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was obviously still a market for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the house of Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was created by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss area of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Soon enough, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly affected by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have went on distilling Absinthe and distilled it with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was well known for its fantastic bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn’t occur until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to promote Absinthe and was the first distiller to be awarded a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce many different types of Absinthe:-
– The famous La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It is a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and a few people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections observed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was produced to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was manufactured to be sold to the French market which has strict Fenchone laws and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is also thought 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 people who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to hold the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is just like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon utilizes herbs grown in the area like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor this site. No synthetic colors or additives are used and many talk 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 internet store but if you wish to try your hand at producing your individual Absinthe containing wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your personal premium Absinthe.