Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed on the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was restricted and made illegal in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation in the turn of the 19th century.
Absinthe had been especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway have been all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is typically known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and claiming that the compound thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many declared 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 even though he had been drinking other spirits following the Absinthe. Absinthe was forbidden and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was obviously still a niche for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It’s claimed that Absinthe was created 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. Over time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe manufacturing and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have carried on distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was well known for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.
Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland did not happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to become granted a license for Absinthe creation in Switzerland.
Claude-Alain Bugnon’s organization, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
– The famous La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s a clear Absinthe within a blue bottle and a few people say that it took its name from the blue reflections seen once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to fulfill the flavour for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be sold to the French market which has strict Fenchone regulations and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is regarded as 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 also to have the traditional green color. The beautiful label on this bottle is usually like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.
The Artemisia-Bugnon utilizes herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor. No artificial colors or additives are widely-used and several discuss about the Absinthes having a “bouquet” of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is accessible to buy on their online shop but if you wish to try your hand at generating your own personal Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to create your own premium Absinthe.