Presenting Clandestine Absinthe

Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe that was distributed on the Black Market in the time of Absinthe prohibition.

Absinthe was banned and made outlawed in France, Switzerland and several other countries in th early 1900s after being a popular liquor since its creation at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Absinthe ended up being especially favored by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris http://buy-absinthe.com. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway have been all supporters of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is normally known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a poor picture of Absinthe in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France's growing issues with alcoholism and claiming that the compound thujone (from wormwood) was psychoactive and was having psychedelic effects. Many asserted 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 though 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 produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is actually claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, as a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Soon enough, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe creation and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is said to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its great bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn't take place until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to become granted a license for Absinthe production in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon's firm, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce various sorts of Absinthe:-
- The famous La Clandestine Originale - This Absinthe is an excellent premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It's actually a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and several people claim that it took its name from the blue reflections seen if the Absinthe louches.
- La Capricieuse - This Absinthe was developed to fulfill the taste for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and contains an ABV of 72%.
- Recette Marianne - This Absinthe was manufactured to be sold to the French market which has strict Fenchone rules and doesn't allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. 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 utilizing a wine base.
- Angelique Verte Suisse - Produced for many who want their Absinthe to be slightly more bitter also to have the traditional green color. The attractive label on this bottle is just like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.

The Artemisia-Bugnon uses herbs grown in the area like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor clicking here. No man-made colors or additives are widely-used and several discuss about the Absinthes possessing 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 intend to try your hand at generating your own Absinthe containing wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your very own premium Absinthe.