Clandestine absinthe or La clandestine absinthe is among the premier absinthes available. As a result of overwhelming attention given to green absinthe this fine absinthe is known just to the genuine connoisseurs. Clandestine absinthe is different from traditional green absinthe in more ways than one.
Absinthe was first invented in Switzerland by a French doctor Dr. Pierre Ordinaire at the end of the eighteenth century. It had been initially used to treat stomach ailments and also as an anthelmintic. However, by the start of the nineteenth century absinthe had gained reputation as a fine alcoholic beverage. Commercial creation of absinthe was began in France in the early stages of the nineteenth century.
Val-de-Travers a district in Switzerland is recognized as the historical birthplace of absinthe. The climate of Val-de-Travers is regarded as especially favorable for the several herbs that happen to be utilized in absinthe. Val-de-Travers is usually noted for its watch making sector. Val-de-Travers is the coldest place in Switzerland and conditions here go as low as -35°C to -39°C. Mountain herbs important for making fine absinthes grow nicely within this place, also nicknamed as the “Swiss Siberia”. Another area where the climate and the soil are believed very favorable for herbs is near the French town, Pontarlier. Both of these places are as essential to absinthe herbs as places just like Cognac and Champagne are for grapes utilized in wines.
Absinthe was probably the most popular drink in nineteenth century Europe. Many an incredible masters from the world of art and literature were passionate absinthe drinkers. Absinthe is made from several herbs, the primary herb being wormwood or Artemisia absinthium. Wormwood includes a chemical ‘thujone’ which is a mild neurotoxin. It had been widely believed while in the late nineteenth century that thujone was responsible for triggering hallucinations and insanity. The temperance movement added fuel to fire and in the beginning of the twentieth century absinthe was restricted by most European countries; even so, Spain was the only real country that failed to ban absinthe.
As countries in Western Europe began placing constraint on the manufacturing and consumption of absinthe most distillers shut shop or commenced generating other spirits. Some moved their stocks to Spain whilst some went underground and continued to distill absinthe. Some enterprising absinthe distillers commenced generating clear absinthe to deceive the customs regulators. This absinthe was called by a few nicknames like “bleues”, “blanches”, and “clandestine”. Here’s how clandestine absinthe was created.
Clandestine absinthe is clear and becomes milky white when water is included. Unlike green absinthe, clandestine absinthe is usually served without sugar. Throughout the period when absinthe was restricted in most of Europe; distillers in Switzerland continued to distill absinthe clandestinely in tiny underground distilleries and then sell it all over Europe. Each batch of absinthe was handcrafted utilizing the finest herbs and every bottle hand filled.
As the prohibition on absinthe started lifting throughout Europe in the turn of this century a lot of underground distillers came over ground and began applying for licenses to legitimately make absinthe. A gentleman known as Claude-Alain Bugnon, who had been earlier distilling absinthe within his kitchen and laundry, took over as the first person to be provided a license to legally make absinthe.
Claude-Alain’s ranges of Swiss and French absinthes are viewed among the finest. La Clandestine, a brand name of Claude-Alain’s occupies the most notable spot in the listing of great absinthes.
Absinthe remains to be banned in the United States; nonetheless, US citizens can buy absinthe online from non-US makers directly.