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Presenting Clandestine Absinthe


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

Absinthe was restricted and made illegal 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 have been especially well-liked by the Bohemian art set in the Montmartre section of Paris my soda water. Artists and writers including Van Gogh, Gauguin, Oscar Wilde and Ernest Hemingway have been all enthusiasts of the Green Fairy, as Absinthe is generally known.

Anti-alcohol campaigners began to paint a poor picture of Absinthe in the late 19th century and early twentieth century, blaming it for France’s growing troubles with alcoholism and proclaiming 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 held responsible for an alcoholic murdering his family despite the fact that he had been drinking other spirits after 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 made and sold Absinthe. Switzerland was the home of Absinthe. It is claimed that Absinthe was made by a doctor, Pierre Ordinaire, being a tonic for his patients in 1789 in the Swiss town of Couvet within the Val de Travers, the Swiss Jura. Soon enough, Couvet had become the Swiss capital of Absinthe production and was obviously badly troubled by prohibition. One distiller, Claude-Alain Bugnon, is considered to have continued distilling Absinthe and distilled it using a recipe of another bootleg distiller Charlotte Vaucher. The Val de Travers was recognized for its wonderful bootleg Absinthe.

Absinthe was legalized in lots of countries in the 1990s but legalization in Switzerland did not happen until 2005. Claude-Alain Bugnon immediately applied for a license to market Absinthe and was the first distiller to become awarded a license for Absinthe creation in Switzerland.

Claude-Alain Bugnon’s firm, 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 actually a clear Absinthe in a blue bottle and some people say that it took its name from the blue reflections observed once the Absinthe louches.
– La Capricieuse – This Absinthe was made to fulfill the flavors for pre-prohibition stronger Absinthe and it has an ABV of 72%.
– Recette Marianne – This Absinthe was manufactured to be distributed to the French market which has strict Fenchone restrictions and does not allow bottles labeled Absinthe to be distributed. Fenchone is the essential oil of fennel and it is regarded as psychoactive. This liquor is 55% ABV and won the renowned 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 people who want their Absinthe to be a little more bitter also to possess the traditional green color. The beautiful 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 flavored liquor read more. No man-made colors or additives are used and many talk about the Absinthes having 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 want to try your hand at making your own Absinthe that contains wormwood then you can make use of the essences from AbsintheKit.com to make your personal premium Absinthe.