Absinthe d'Or, Switzerland 2006
Medaille d'Or Forum Romand des Eaux-de-Vie, Switzerland 2006 - 2007
Distiswiss Gold Medal, Switzerland 2007
This highly praised la bleue is crafted by hand in Couvet, the 18th century Swiss birthplace of absinthe, and it has long been a favorite of international absinthe lovers. Created by renowned distiller Claude-Alain Bugnon and based on a 1935 recipe, the name reflects its "moonshine" heritage. Mr. Bugnon was one of many home distillers keeping the Val-de-Travers absinthe tradition alive in spite of the ban; La Clandestine started as a hobby in his cellar. Americans could sometimes acquire a rare smuggled bottle of "Clandestine La Bleue." Later, following legalization, he became the first underground distiller to receive an official production license.
testament to mastery of his craft, La Clandestine's distiller has been
awarded five consecutive Golden Spoon Awards at the Pontarlier
Absinthiades. La Clandestine was also awarded a Gold Medal at Distiswiss, a competition for all Swiss spirits. Turning a beautiful milky white when water is added, La Clandestine marries the rich flavor of anise and fennel with the slight bitterness of wormwood. Several local botanicals add additional aromatics to this refreshing spirit. Its delicate complexity makes this absinthe ideal for enjoying both with chilled water and mixed in classic cocktails.
Product of Switzerland
Alcohol by Volume: 53%