La Clandestine Absinthe

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La Clandestine Absinthe
Country of originSwitzerland
Introduced2008 in United States
Alcohol by volume53.0%
Proof (US)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.

La Clandestine Absinthe[edit]

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] [3] 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,[4] 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.[5]

La Capricieuse[edit]

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

La Recette Marianne[edit]

La Recette Marianne, at 55% abv, was launched in autumn 2005, in response to fenchone regulations in France.[6]


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.


  1. ^ Brand history Retrieved 17 September 2009
  2. ^ San Francisco Chronicle article reproducing New York Times story of November 4, 2004 Retrieved 2 January 2008
  3. ^ First La Clandestine absinthe bottle of 2004, produced for export only. Retrieved 19 July 2018
  4. ^ US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (2008). "Certificate of Federal Label Approval, La Clandestine Absinthe Superieure". Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  5. ^ Reference to drinking "au naturel," i.e. without sugar Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 May 2007
  6. ^ Reference to fenchone regulations from brand website Retrieved 2 May 2009

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