Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that has been distributed within the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was restricted and made illegal in France, Switzerland and lots of 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 popular with the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris. Artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is normally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a poor picture of Absinthe throughout the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing problems 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 blamed for an alcoholic murdering his family even if 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 niche for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It is actually claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. In time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have carried on distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its fantastic bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn’t happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to promote Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally 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 a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and several people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections seen once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was developed to meet the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was developed to be sold to the French market that has strict Fenchone regulations and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is considered to be 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 individuals 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 uses 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 utilized and lots talk about the Absinthes possessing a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is available to buy on their online shop but if you would like to try your hand at making your own Absinthe containing wormwood then you can certainly make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your very own premium Absinthe.