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.
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