Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed within the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and lots of other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe have been especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway happen to be all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a poor picture of Absinthe throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and declaring that the chemical substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many declared that if Absinthe was not banned then France would be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held accountable for an alcoholic murdering his family even if he had been drinking other spirits after the Absinthe. Absinthe was restricted and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was clearly obviously still an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the house of Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss area of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet took over as 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 with a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn’t happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to become granted a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It is a clear Absinthe in a blue bottle and a few people point out that it got its name from the blue reflections observed when the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was made to fulfill the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was produced to be marketed to the French market which has strict Fenchone laws and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be marketed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is considered to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the renowned 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 slightly more bitter and to have the traditional green color. The attractive 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 several talk about the Absinthes having a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is available to buy on their online shop but if you would like to try your hand at generating your individual Absinthe containing wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to create your individual premium Absinthe.