Presenting Clandestine Absinthe

Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that has been distributed on the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.

Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and lots of other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Absinthe had been especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway have been all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late 19th century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and claiming that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic side effects. Many stated that if Absinthe was not 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 after the Absinthe. Absinthe was banned 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 the house 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 area of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. In time, Couvet took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly affected by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have persisted distilling Absinthe and distilled it with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was well known for its great bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn’t take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be granted a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon’s organization, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles 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 some people claim that it took its name from the blue reflections observed if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was produced to meet the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be sold to the French market that has strict Fenchone restrictions and does not 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 prestigious 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 slightly more bitter also to possess the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is usually like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.

The Artemisia-Bugnon makes use of herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor. No synthetic colors or additives are utilized and several speak of the Absinthes possessing a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.

The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery can be obtained to buy on their internet store but if you wish to try your hand at creating your individual Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can certainly make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your personal premium Absinthe.