Many Absinthe aficionados want to know more details on
the drink of the Green Fairy as well as its history. So, let’s discover where is the birthplace of Absinthe.
Legend has it that Absinthe was made by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor within the Swiss Val de Travers town of Couvet. Ordinaire developed Absinthe as being an elixir or tonic for his patients and it was thought to have amazing benefits on his patients.
The key ingredient of Ordinaire’s elixir was the plant worwmood, artemisia absinthium, a plant titled after the goddess Artemis. Wormwood had been used since ancient times in medicine so it was a sensible choice for Ordinaire’s tonic. Wormwood contains a chemical called thujone and it was this substance that caused the banning of Absinthe in early 1900s. Thujone was claimed to be psychoactive also to trigger psychedelic effecs exactly like THC in cannabis. We now know that thujone is not like THC and, even though it can effect the GABA receptors inside the brain, one needs to ingest huge amounts of thujone to do this and Absinthe only contains very tiny amounts.
Couvet is within the Swiss canton of Neuchatel inside the Val de Travers region. It is actually noted for being the homeland of Absinthe as well as for being home to the distillery of bootleg Absinthe distiller and also artisan, Claude-Alain Bugnon. Bugnon was presented with an Absinthe recipe by a friend that his aunt, distiller Charlotte Vaucher, has been using since 1935. Bugnon chose to make use of the recipe to distill his very own bootleg clandestine Absinthe during the Absinthe ban. He was the first Absinthe distiller to inquire about the Swiss government for a license to distill Absinthe in 2004. In March 2005, the Absinthe ban was lifted and Bugnon could legally distill his Absinthes as well as La Clandestine was placed on sale.
Bugnon’s distillery “C A Bugnon Artemisia Distillerie Artisanale” now distills his excellent array of Absinthes utilizing the best traditional Absinthe herbs and alpine plants. His range includes:-
La Clandestine Originale – This was the very first Absinthe to become distilled by the Artemisia distillery in 2005. It’s produced from 10 various herbs, including wormwood and anise (or anisÃ©) and it is a winner of a gold medal while in the Concours Nationale des Spiritueux Suisses. La Clandestine is 53% abv or 106 proof. La Clandestine is a classic Swiss La Bleue (clear) Absinthe.
La Clandestine with wine alcohol base – This is just like La Clandestine but is manufactured using wine alcohol which has been made use of by Pernod in the nineteenth century but is not a traditional base for Swiss clandestine Absinthes. Bugnon explains this Absinthe as providing a “roundness in the mouth”.
La Capricieuse – This Absinthe is a tougher Absinthe having a higher alcohol content (72% abv, 144 proof). It is based on the recipe for La Clandestine however with a higher alcohol content.
Recette Marianne – Bugnon produced this absinthe since he wished to be in the Absinthiades in Pontarlier, France. France still have strict rules governing Absinthe – Absinthe drinks cannot be labeled Absinthe as well as complying to EU legislation concerning thujone, they likewise have to have low fenchone levels. Fenchone is the compound found in fennel, a classic Absinthe ingredient. Bugnon created this low fenchone Absinthe especially for the French market plus it won the Golden Spoon award at the Absinthiades in 2005, 2006 and 2007. It has got an abv of 55% (110 proof).
Angelique Verte Suisse – This is a classic Swiss verte, or green, style Absinthe and is made using 12 herbs which includes wormwood and angelica. It has got an abv of 72% (144 proof) and was introduced by Bugnon in 2007.
Bugnon’s Absinthes are accessible to buy on many sites including his own absinthe-suisse.com.
You can make your own personal Swiss style La Bleue by utilizing the Absinthe Clear essence via AbsintheKit.com. This essence could be ordered online for $3.95 for 20ml which makes one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or as part of a kit to make 14 bottle of Absinthe for $29. AbsintheKit’s essences are created by distilling natural Absinthe herbs and you simply need to mix the essence with vodka or everclear to produce a real wormwood Absinthe.
So, where is the birthplace of Absinthe? Couvet is the birthplace of Absinthe and is also the location of some great modern day Absinthes.