Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed on the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made illegal in France, Switzerland and plenty 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 well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway happen to be all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is normally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a bad picture of Absinthe in the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and claiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many asserted 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 despite the fact that he had been drinking other spirits following the Absinthe. Absinthe was banned and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was clearly 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 being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss area 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 troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its great bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland didn’t take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be granted a license for Absinthe creation in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, 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 is a clear Absinthe within a blue bottle and some people point out that it got its name from the blue reflections seen if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to fulfill the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was developed to be sold to the French market that has strict Fenchone restrictions and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be marketed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is regarded as 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 utilizing a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for individuals 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 just 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. No man-made colors or additives are widely-used and several discuss about the Absinthes having a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is accessible to buy on their online store but if you would like to try your hand at creating your own personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your own premium Absinthe.