Introducing Clandestine Absinthe

Clandestine Absinthe is bootleg Absinthe which was distributed within the Black Market during the time of Absinthe prohibition.

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

Absinthe have been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre area of Paris www.mysodawater.com. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway have been all devotees of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is typically known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a poor picture of Absinthe throughout the late nineteenth century and early twentieth 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 asserted 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 despite the fact that 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 an industry for Absinthe and in Switzerland bootleg distillers still produced and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the house 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 in the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Over time, Couvet became the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly impacted by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it by using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was popular for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in several countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland didn't occur until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately requested for a license to promote Absinthe and was the first distiller to generally be awarded a license for Absinthe creation in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon's business, Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries now produce different styles of Absinthe:-
- The well-known La Clandestine Originale - This Absinthe is an award winning premium La Bleue, 53% ABV (alcohol by volume). It is a clear Absinthe inside a blue bottle and a few people point out that it took its name from the blue reflections seen once the Absinthe louches.
- La Capricieuse - This Absinthe was made to satisfy the flavour 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 regulations and doesn't allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be sold. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and is also 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 utilizing a wine base.
- Angelique Verte Suisse - Produced for those who want their Absinthe to be slightly more bitter and also to have the traditional green color. The stunning label on this bottle is usually like antique labels depicting the Green Fairy.

The Artemisia-Bugnon makes use of herbs grown in the region like grande and petite Artemisia Absinthium (wormwood), hyssop and lemon balm to flavor its anise flavoured liquor more bonuses. No synthetic colors or additives are employed and several speak of the Absinthes having 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 making your own Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can definitely utilize the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your very own premium Absinthe.