Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed over the Black Market during Absinthe prohibition.
Absinthe was banned and made illegal in France, Switzerland and plenty 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 popular with the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris http://buy-absinthe.com. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all devotees of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.
Anti-alcohol campaigners did start to paint a negative picture of Absinthe in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France's growing troubles with alcoholism and declaring 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 accountable for an alcoholic murdering his family even if he had been drinking other spirits right after the Absinthe. Absinthe was banned and prohibition began.
Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland
During prohibition, there was clearly obviously still a market for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still created 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 area of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly affected by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is claimed to have persisted 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 lots of countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn't occur until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be given 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 in a blue bottle and several people claim that it got its name from the blue reflections seen once the Absinthe louches.
- La Capricieuse - This Absinthe was developed to meet the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
- Recette Marianne - This Absinthe was developed to be distributed to the French market that has strict Fenchone regulations and does not 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 exclusive 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 people who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter and to have the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is just 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 flavored liquor extra resources. No synthetic colors or additives are utilized and several speak of the Absinthes using a "bouquet" of Alpine meadows, of honey and flowers.
The Clandestine Absinthe of the Artemisia-Bugnon distillery is accessible to buy on their web store but if you want to try your hand at making your individual Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can certainly use the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your very own premium Absinthe.