La Clandestine absinthe has a complex aromatic palate and subtle bitterness.
An exceptional La Bleue absinthe! Read the whole description
- Claude-Alain Bugnon is the first Swiss distiller to have obtained a production licence in 2005.
- The name Charlotte on the label of La Clandestine is that of the woman who first created the recipe, in 1935.
Claude-Alain Bugnon distilled his first absinthe illegally in 2000.
The following year, having received a recipe from one of his friends, he decided to make a living from distilling.
In 2004, he applied for permission to produce absinthe, and at the end of the same year, shipped his first order to Germany.
A few months later, on the 1st of March 2005, the Federal Council decided to legalize absinthe in Switzerland. The end of the 95-year-old prohibition pleased everyone.
For more details, visit the La Clandestine website.
- At first, savour La Clandestine without any sugar. Then, according to your taste, try it slightly sugared.
- For one measure of absinthe (3cl), add 2 to 5 measures of fresh water.
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 DanteAdded on the : 18/02/2016
The nose on this is much less anise than for example Vieux Carré an absinthe made in United States. La Clandestine is lighter, sparkles in your mouth with notes of citrus. I love it personally. Depends on my Anise mood totally different than Pernod and vieux carré.
By elemileAdded on the : 05/02/2015
Color: clear transparent, no coloration or sediment.
Louche: gorgeous; true opalescence; white clouds piling up to a very pale bluish grey.
Aroma: very inviting; finely anised; no dirt.
Taste: my god... just right; everything is just about right; mild but creamy; the gentle version of the same distinct wormwood that I tasted in Angélique with a delicate true anise overtone.
Finish: barely none, other than a refreshing feel that makes you long for more (no numbing whatsoever).
Effect: very calming, soothing but not typically alcoholic (i.e. idiotizing) at all.
Perfect. Absolutely lovely. This is the first bleu I've ever tasted and this is the first 5 star rate I've ever given here. I said before about Angélique that it was the finest mid-range vert I had tasted but I that couldn't possibly take it daily cause it was too wild; well, this one I can: it's truly a caress from beginning to end. Claude-Alain is a brilliant and sensitive distiller, no doubt about it. Count me in for a long-term relationship with this blue lady too.
By MerryDrunkAdded on the : 01/08/2014
Wow! This one is nice! It has many great flavors through and through. Creates a nice louche. I had never tried a "clear" absinthe before, but if they all have similar characteristics, count me in! I would definitely recommend this one to newbies and veterans. For those seeking rich flavor without having to dilute too much, this is for you. Because the alcohol is at 53% and not a typical 65-68%, you can drink this with a mere 2 parts water and 1 part absinthe and still not be overly concerned about the alcohol being too strong and you'll get such a rich flavor.
By ElectroheadAdded on the : 18/02/2014
In a word: AMAZING! The taste is rich and yet delicate, suitable for drinking in every hour. The colour gives a sense of peace and the packaging is a true piece of art. The shipment was fast and safe and at a really fair price.
VERY GOOD !!
By AnonAdded on the : 23/01/2014
Great product. Loved it! Will definitely be buying it again.
By JosephLAdded on the : 09/01/2014
Powdery and brilliant white when louched. A very good absinthe!
By ShebearAdded on the : 27/03/2013
Smooth and beautiful. And we love the bottle as well.
By AmberAdded on the : 08/03/2013
This is a great absinthe. Where it's not perfect, I think it'd be damn near impossible to improve upon it. I enjoy it a good deal every time I drink it. It's very creamy and sweet, very pretty to look at, and has a great aroma.
By Taste4DarkAdded on the : 08/10/2012
Sublime, sensuous and complex. The journey with La Clandestine is one to be cherished. Take it to the grave.
By van goughAdded on the : 20/09/2012
Awesome taste. Very creamy and round flavor. This absinthe has a low wormwood level. Very refreshing.
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