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Presenting Clandestine Absinthe


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Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed over the Black Market during 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 19th century.

Absinthe ended up being especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris. Artists and writers such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway were all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is normally known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a bad picture of Absinthe throughout the late 19th century and early 20th century, blaming it for France’s growing issues with alcoholism and declaring that the substance thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic consequences. Many stated that if Absinthe isn’t banned then France will be a nation of mad, insane people. Absinthe was even blamed for an alcoholic murdering his family even if he had been drinking other spirits right after the Absinthe. Absinthe was restricted and prohibition began.

Clandestine Absinthe in Switzerland

During prohibition, there was clearly obviously still a niche 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 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. In time, Couvet took over as the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have carried on distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in many countries in the 1990s but legalisation in Switzerland did not occur until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to promote Absinthe and was the first distiller to become granted a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon’s organization, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
– The renowned La Clandestine Originale – This Absinthe is an excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s a clear Absinthe within a blue bottle and a few people say that it got its name from the blue reflections observed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was created to satisfy the taste for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was developed to be sold to the French market that has strict Fenchone laws and doesn’t allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be sold. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is thought to be psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the esteemed 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 those who want their Absinthe to be slightly more bitter also to hold the traditional green color. The stunning label on this bottle is just like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.

The Artemisia-Bugnon uses herbs grown in your community like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavored liquor. No artificial colors or additives are widely-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 is available to buy on their internet store but if you wish to try your hand at making your own Absinthe comprising wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to produce your very own premium Absinthe.