This absinthe was stored and aged in an oak barrel for 6 years. A unique absinthe, packed in a hand-crafted wooden box. Read the whole description
Claude-Alain Bugnon was the first clandestine distiller granted legal status by the Swiss government in the spring of 2005.
For years he had been responsible for a certain quantity of bootlegged absinthe that brought so much attention and status to this small region. His ‘Clandestine' has been and is still considered by many to be the best Swiss La Bleue available today. Claude Alain's custom designed distilling apparatus is located at his premises in Couvet, a former butcher shop!
The alambics each have a capacity of 145 litres, and produce 95 litres of finished absinthe. They are single-walled, rather than duplicating the bain-marie system more commonly used in France. Claude-Alain feels that the fiercer heat gives better extraction of the herbs.
By Kris CarlsonAdded on the : 29/08/2013
Given the rarity, I've been waiting for a special occasion to taste this. I could wait no longer, and have sampled it tonight. I first sampled the aroma. Wonderful notes of oak are strong, and interlaced with a typical Clandestine complexity. Because of this I took a sip neet. I was surprised by a reminder of cognac, yet not like cognac. It was the oak that left me with a cognac cognition. My next glass will be neet, but this time I played it safe, and mixed it with ice cold spring water. I watched it louche as I mixed the ice cold water over white sugar cubes (2 small cubes). It louches a wonderful redish brown. The oak overtones mellows the flavor. It adds a whole new dimension to this wonderful drink. If it were not for some other incredibly good absinthes, I might hail this as the best. I have not tried a 100 year old Pernod Fils, but I suspect they will not be as tasty as this work of art.
Claude has produced a truly remarkable Absinthe in Clandestine Barrique. The herbs are well balanced, and comprise a beverage that glides across the tongue with a wonderful creamy texture leaving overtones of Anise, wormwood and oak. There is a touch of dryness in the finish. A wonderful dryness, like a dry martini. I bet this comes from the oils of the oak.
I will be looking forward to each batch from now on. I hope to have a reserve to be able to treat lovers of Absinthe with something truly special as I encounter them on the road of life.
Thank you Claude ! Your Absinthes are my favorite.
By StrategyMojoAdded on the : 07/05/2013
The packaging and bottle itself are wonderful. There is a clear relationship of artisan quality in the container--and the product contained. Wonderful aroma, mellow and complex flavors; it is beyond cognac. I hope to see more of this available in the future. As it is, I am rationing it very carefully to friends with a palate on very special occaisions.
By Unique!Added on the : 28/03/2013
Such a great experience.. Starts with a great classic cognac taste, and finishes with notes of the absinthe. Great drink, it blends the best of both worlds.
By fan-I-amAdded on the : 09/01/2013
Wow! Striking at first, like a cognac or whiskey. [I'm used to my absinthes being watered down :)]
Then smooth vanilla licorice comes in and lingers long after!
My father prefers it neat (he's a cognac/whiskey drinker) while I like a few drops of iced water (less than an ice cubes worth)
Don't bother with an ice cube. It may be too much water and it takes too long to mix in.
Just stick to a few drops of water and drink it from a cognac glass! Its good to swirl it and get the aroma as well as help mix the bit of water.
The only negative is the price. Compare it to every other spirit aged 6 years for only 200ml....I just couldn't give it the 5 stars it deserves. And I do think it deserves it! I love this one!