La Clandestine absinthe reveals a very complex aromatic palate and a subtly bitter finish.
Without doubt, this is one of the best La Bleue absinthes around.
Awarded the gold medal several times in contests,Â La ClandestineÂ is distilled according to a recipe from 1935 including more than 10 plants.
This is one of the first absinthes to be distilled in the Val-de-Travers, the cradle of absinthe distillation. Its traditional, artisanal production uses only natural ingredients.
An intensely enjoyable discovery!
VIDEO Nose :
Complex blend of aromas (especially fennel, hyssop, anise and wormwood). Proof of the richness of the plants used.
Remarkably mellow and fresh. Aniseed attack developing rapidly into notes of fennel and wormwood.
Excellent length on the palate and pleasant bitterness.
- Claude-Alain Bugnon is the first Swiss distiller to have obtained a production licence in 2005.
- The name Charlotte on the label of
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
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.
Capacity : Distillery : Country of Origin : Alcohol Content : Production Method : Color : City / Region : Anise taste : Stopper : Coloration :
70 cl Artemisia-Bugnon Switzerland 53% Distillation Clear Couvet / Val-de-Travers Yes Natural cork Natural
By Dante. Posted 18/02/2016
The nose on this is much less anise than for example Vieux CarrĂ© 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 carrĂ©.
By elemile. Posted 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 AngĂ©lique 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 AngĂ©lique 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 MerryDrunk. Posted 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.