Presenting Clandestine Absinthe

Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed on the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.

Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and many 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 popular with 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 devotees of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a bad picture of Absinthe in the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and claiming that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic side effects. Many asserted 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 right 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 made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was developed 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 became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its fantastic bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn’t happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to promote Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be given a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It is a clear Absinthe in a blue bottle and a few people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections observed if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was produced to satisfy the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be marketed to the French market that has strict Fenchone regulations and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be sold. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is considered 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 people who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and also to hold the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is the same as 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 related site. No synthetic colors or additives are used and lots talk about the Absinthes using a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.

The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery can be obtained to buy on their online store but if you want to try your hand at producing your own Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly utilize the essences from to create your individual premium Absinthe.