Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed on the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was forbidden and made illegal in France, Switzerland and lots of other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Absinthe have been especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris my soda water. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and proclaiming that the compound thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic side effects. Many stated that if Absinthe wasn’t banned then France will be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held accountable for an alcoholic murdering his family even though he had been drinking other spirits after the Absinthe. Absinthe was banned and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, clearly there was obviously still an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was developed by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss area of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. In time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe manufacturing and was obviously badly affected by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is claimed to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was well known for its wonderful 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 become awarded a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
– The well-known La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s a clear Absinthe within a blue bottle and some people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections observed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was manufactured to be sold to the French market which has strict Fenchone regulations and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be sold. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is also thought to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the exclusive 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 also to possess 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 region like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor check this. No synthetic colors or additives are used and many talk 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 want to try your hand at producing your own personal Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can definitely make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your very own premium Absinthe.