Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that has been distributed on the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe had been especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway happen to be all fans of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and proclaiming that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many asserted 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 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 niche for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still created and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It is 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 took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly affected by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have persisted distilling Absinthe and distilled it with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its great bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland did not take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to promote Absinthe and was the first distiller to be granted a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s actually a clear Absinthe in a blue bottle and some people claim that it took its name from the blue reflections noticed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was produced to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was produced to be distributed to the French market that has strict Fenchone rules 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 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 slightly more bitter and also to possess the traditional green color. The attractive 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. 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 is available to buy on their web store but if you want to try your hand at generating your own Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can certainly use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your individual premium Absinthe.