Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed within the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was banned and made illegal in France, Switzerland and many other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the nineteenth 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 supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a poor picture of Absinthe throughout the late 19th century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and proclaiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many asserted 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 despite the fact that he had been drinking other spirits after the Absinthe. Absinthe was restricted and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, clearly there was obviously still an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It’s 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 within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, 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 using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was well known for its fantastic bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland did not happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to become granted a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, 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 actually a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and a few people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections noticed if the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was developed to fulfill the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was produced to be sold 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 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 and 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 area like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor. No artificial colors or additives are utilized and lots talk about the Absinthes using a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is accessible to buy on their internet store but if you would like to try your hand at making your personal Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can utilize the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your own premium Absinthe.