Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed on the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was prohibited and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and many other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation in the turn of the nineteenth century.
Absinthe have been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris. Artists and writers which includes Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway have been all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is commonly known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a poor picture of Absinthe during the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and declaring that the chemical thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many stated that if Absinthe isn’t banned then France would be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held accountable for an alcoholic murdering his family even though he had been drinking other spirits after the Absinthe. Absinthe was forbidden and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was clearly obviously still an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still created and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was home to Absinthe. It is 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. In time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have persisted distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its great bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland did not take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately sent applications for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be granted a license for Absinthe creation in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s organization, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
– The well-known La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and some 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 has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be marketed to the French market which has strict Fenchone rules and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be marketed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is thought to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the prestigious 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 many who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and also to have the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is just like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon utilizes 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 can be obtained to buy on their internet store but if you want to try your hand at producing your personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can definitely use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to create your own premium Absinthe.