Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed over the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and plenty of other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe have been especially popular with the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris. Artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is typically known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a poor picture of Absinthe in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and claiming that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many said that if Absinthe was not banned then France has got to be 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 an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is actually claimed that Absinthe was made 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. Over time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland did not take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to become awarded a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s actually a clear Absinthe within a blue bottle and several people say that it got its name from the blue reflections observed when the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was produced to fulfill the taste for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was produced to be sold to the French market which has strict Fenchone rules and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is 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 having a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for individuals who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and also to have the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is usually 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 flavored liquor. No man-made colors or additives are utilized and several speak of the Absinthes having a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery can be obtained to buy on their web shop but if you want to try your hand at creating your own Absinthe containing wormwood then you can certainly utilize the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your individual premium Absinthe.