Many Absinthe aficionados want to know more details on
the drink of the Green Fairy and its history. So, let’s learn where is the birthplace of Absinthe.
Legend has it that Absinthe was created by Dr Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor from the Swiss Val de Travers town of Couvet. Ordinaire created Absinthe being an elixir or tonic for his patients and it was thought to have amazing effects on his patients.
The key ingredient of Ordinaire’s elixir was the natural herb worwmood, artemisia absinthium, a plant titled after the goddess Artemis. Wormwood had been used since ancient times in medicine so it was obviously a sensible choice for Ordinaire’s tonic. Wormwood has a chemical substance called thujone and it was this compound that induced the banning of Absinthe in early 1900s. Thujone was believed to be psychoactive also to trigger psychedelic effecs exactly like THC in cannabis. We now know that thujone is just not like THC and, even though it can effect the GABA receptors within the brain, one needs to ingest large amounts of thujone for this to happen and Absinthe only consists of very small amounts.
Couvet is within the Swiss canton of Neuchatel in the Val de Travers region. It is famous for being the homeland of Absinthe and for being the home of the distillery of bootleg Absinthe distiller and also artisan, Claude-Alain Bugnon. Bugnon was given an Absinthe recipe by a friend that his aunt, distiller Charlotte Vaucher, had been using since 1935. Bugnon made a decision to utilize the recipe to distill his very own bootleg clandestine Absinthe while in the Absinthe ban. He was the first Absinthe distiller to ask the Swiss government to get a license to distill Absinthe in 2004. In March 2005, the Absinthe ban was raised and Bugnon could legally distill his Absinthes and also La Clandestine was put on sale.
Bugnon’s distillery “C A Bugnon Artemisia Distillerie Artisanale” now distills his excellent selection of Absinthes utilizing the best classic Absinthe herbs and also alpine plants. His variety includes:-
La Clandestine Originale – This was the first Absinthe to become distilled by the Artemisia distillery in 2005. It is actually produced from 10 distinct herbs, such as wormwood and anise (or anisÃ©) and it is a winner of a gold medal during the Concours Nationale des Spiritueux Suisses. La Clandestine is 53% abv or 106 proof. La Clandestine is a classic Swiss La Bleue (clear) Absinthe.
La Clandestine together with wine alcohol base – This is just similar to La Clandestine but is made using wine alcohol which has been made use of by Pernod in the nineteenth century but is not a conventional base for Swiss clandestine Absinthes. Bugnon describes this Absinthe as giving a “roundness within the mouth”.
La Capricieuse – This Absinthe is a stronger Absinthe which has a higher alcohol content (72% abv, 144 proof). It is in accordance with the recipe for La Clandestine although with a higher alcohol content.
Recette Marianne – Bugnon produced this absinthe because he wished to participate in the Absinthiades in Pontarlier, France. France still have strict rules regulating Absinthe – Absinthe drinks can not be labeled Absinthe and as well as complying to EU regulation relating to thujone, they likewise have to possess low fenchone levels. Fenchone is the substance seen in fennel, a classic Absinthe ingredient. Bugnon produced this low fenchone Absinthe particularly for the French market also it won the Golden Spoon award at the Absinthiades in 2005, 2006 and 2007. It has an abv of 55% (110 proof).
Angelique Verte Suisse – This is a classic Swiss verte, or green, style Absinthe and it’s manufactured using 12 herbs including wormwood and angelica. It features an abv of 72% (144 proof) and was launched by Bugnon in 2007.
Bugnon’s Absinthes are obtainable to buy on many websites including his own absinthe-suisse.com.
You could make your own personal Swiss style La Bleue by using the Absinthe Clear essence via AbsintheKit.com. This essence may be ordered online for $3.95 for 20ml which makes one 750ml bottle of Absinthe or as part of a kit to create 14 bottle of Absinthe for $29. AbsintheKit’s essences are made by distilling natural Absinthe herbs and you simply need to mix the essence with vodka or everclear to create a real wormwood Absinthe.
So, where is the birthplace of Absinthe? Couvet is the birthplace of Absinthe and is particularly the place to find some good modern day Absinthes.