Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed on the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made illegal in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after becoming a popular liquor since its creation on the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe have been especially popular with 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 supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a negative picture of Absinthe during the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and proclaiming that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many said that if Absinthe was not banned then France would be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even blamed for an alcoholic murdering his family even though he had been drinking other spirits right after the Absinthe. Absinthe was restricted and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, clearly there was obviously still a market 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, being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Soon enough, Couvet took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said 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 fantastic bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland didn’t occur 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 famous La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It is a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and several people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections noticed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was developed to fulfill the flavour 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 restrictions and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be sold. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is thought 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 using a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for individuals who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to have the traditional green color. The stunning label on this bottle is the same as antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon makes use of herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor. No man-made colors or additives are widely-used and several discuss about the Absinthes possessing 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 wish to try your hand at creating your own personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your very own premium Absinthe.