Introducing Clandestine Absinthe

Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed over the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.

Absinthe was prohibited and made illegal in France, Switzerland and many other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the 19th century.

Absinthe have been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre part of Paris. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all fans of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is typically known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners started to paint a bad picture of Absinthe during the late nineteenth century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing problems with alcoholism and claiming that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many stated that if Absinthe was not banned then France would be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even held responsible for an alcoholic murdering his family even if he had been drinking other spirits following 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 produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was developed by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is claimed to have carried on distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its great bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland didn’t happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to sell Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be given a license for Absinthe manufacturing in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon’s company, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce many different types of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s actually a clear Absinthe within a blue bottle and some people claim that it took its name from the blue reflections observed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was made to satisfy the taste for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was created to be distributed 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 regarded as 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 using a wine base.
– Angelique Verte Suisse – Produced for individuals who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to hold 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 the region like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor. No synthetic colors or additives are used and many talk about the Absinthes using 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 making your own Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can definitely use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your own premium Absinthe.