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La Clandestine Absinthe
Bottle of La Clandestine.
Type Absinthe
Manufacturer Artemisia-Bugnon
Country of origin Switzerland
Introduced 2008 in USA
Alcohol by volume 53.0%
Proof 106

La Clandestine Absinthe is a Swiss La Bleue, or clear, absinthe brand produced by Artemisia-Bugnon distilleries. It is an anise-flavored, distilled liquor containing the herb wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), and when prepared with cold water will louche.

La Clandestine Absinthe comes in four main styles, as detailed below.

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La Clandestine Absinthe

According to the manufacturer, La Clandestine is based on a 1935 recipe by Swiss distiller Charlotte Vaucher [1] which Bugnon had been circulating unofficially for several years prior to the Swiss lifting a near one-hundred year ban on absinthe March 1, 2005. [2] Following the lift, Bugnon applied for an official license and became one of the first distillers in the Val-de-Travers region to be granted one. It is now commercially produced and sold by Artemisia-Bugnon. In June 2008, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a version of La Clandestine for sale in the United States,[3] and USA launch followed in October 2008.

La Clandestine, which is produced at 53% abv (alcohol by volume) is served in a manner similar to the traditional 19th century French method, differing only in the use of sugar. The manufacturer recommends that La Clandestine be served without sugar. [4]

La Capricieuse

La Capricieuse, at 72% abv, was added in summer 2005.

La Recette Marianne

La Recette Marianne, at 55% abv, was launched in autumn 2005, in response to fenchone regulations in France. [5]

Angélique

Angélique, at 72% abv, is the first Verte (or green) Suisse absinthe from the La Clandestine distillery, and was launched at the 10th Annual Absinthe Festival at Boveresse, Switzerland, in June 2007.

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