Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed over the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was restricted and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Absinthe ended up being especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris www.buy-absinthe.com. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all fans of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late 19th 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 effects. Many declared that if Absinthe was not banned then France would be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held responsible for an alcoholic murdering his family even though 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 a market for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe manufacturing and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its fantastic 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 sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to become given a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts 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 inside a blue bottle and several people claim that it took its name from the blue reflections observed when the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was produced to satisfy the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was developed to be distributed to the French market which has strict Fenchone laws and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be marketed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is thought to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the renowned 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 those who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to have the traditional green color. The stunning label on this bottle is usually like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon makes use of herbs grown in the area like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor our 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 would like to try your hand at making your own Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to create your individual premium Absinthe.