Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed within the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed 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 19th century.
Absinthe ended up being 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 were all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is typically known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and claiming that the compound thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many declared that if Absinthe was not banned then France will be a 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 right after the Absinthe. Absinthe was forbidden and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was obviously still a market for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was developed by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Soon enough, Couvet had become the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have went on distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its great bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland didn’t happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be awarded a license for Absinthe creation in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts 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 several people say that it took its name from the blue reflections noticed if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to fulfill the flavors 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 that has strict Fenchone rules and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is also thought 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 having a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for those who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to possess the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is just like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon utilizes herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor. No artificial colors or additives are utilized and several discuss about the Absinthes using 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 would like to try your hand at creating your personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly utilize the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your individual premium Absinthe.