Absinthe La Clandestine - 53%
Absinthe 'Clandestine' is an authentic La Bleue made in Couvet, Val-de-Travers, Switzerland, the birthplace of absinthe.
Its creator Claude-Alain Bugnon was the first clandestine distiller granted legal status by the Swiss government in the spring of 2005. For years he had been responsible for a certain quantity of bootlegged absinthe that brought so much attention and status to this small region. His 'Clandestine' has been and is still considered by many to be the best Swiss La Bleue available today.
Clandestine is fresh as an Alpine meadow with bright anise, wildflower and wormwood aromas,a touch of honey and a refreshing, long taste. This absinthe is left uncolored and clear (the bottle is blue) and will take on a milkly opalescence when cold water is added. It is said that Swiss "La Bleue" style absinthes got their name because blue reflections can sometimes be seen in the bright white cloudiness of the louche.
1 Customer Review:
By Shaggrat the 06/09/2013
This was my first bottle of a Les Bleues, and my first Absinthe at all. I used the classic ritual with 1 sugar cube. I thought it would be "heavy flavored" So I mixed it 1 part Absinthe/5 part home purified water. It had good aroma, and opalest nicely.
The flavor was bright, and had a very clean finish, not overwhelming. I will most certainly serve this with company.
I don't think you can go wrong with this vintage.
2 Tasting notes from FeeVerte.net:
Review by Green Baron 12/09/2009
COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Crystal clear. Pretty refractions.
LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Nice trails and jellies. Quick compared to vertes of course, but a good pace for a blanche. Nice rolling fog bank and tendrils reach into the clear portion on top. Good show!
COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Good opalescence, catches the light well, has good glow with mostly grey, very slight copper-bronze highlights and a hints of blue.
Before water- A lush, inviting concentrated herbal aroma of the main trinity. I don’t usually find the neat aroma for absinthe to be this pleasant.
After water- It actually loses a little of the lushness, but the notes are retained and become more delicate in a pleasing way.
Nice creamy body, then quickly but smoothly transforms into a dryer wormwood finish with just a hint of alcohol heat.
While many vertes may be bolder, the herbs in Clandestine have a nice richness and depth that puts up there with the best of either style absinthe. The anise leads of course; the wormwood is delicate, but definitely registers in the soft floral ranges that float above the light sweetness of the fennel. Subtle supporting herbal notes that might be hyssop and chamomile and even coriander, round out the overall flavor. The quality of the ingredients is apparent, and there’s a really nice crispy clean feel to the whole thing (instead of the Swiss cow pasture funk one sometimes gets in la bleues).
OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Great la bleue, pretty much the best commercial offering of this style. I wish a little more of the lush herb power from the neat aroma stuck around after water, but that certainly doesn’t take away from flavorful quality ingredients and crystal clean flavor.
Louched 3:1, fountain drip, no sugar.
Green Baron scores La Clandestine 86 out of 100
Review by Gordon 01/09/2005
COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
It's perfectly clear.
LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
It has a nice louche that lasts. I pulled a glass out of the fridge after eight hours, the louche was still there.
COLOR AFTER LOUCHE 10/10
It turns a beautiful opaque white with oils coming to the surface.
Beautiful anise and floral aromas that I could smell from the other room, but just as sweet up close.
A slight numbing sensation on the tongue.
At a dilution of one to three parts water not to bitter and not to sweet, just perfect and bright .
OVERALL IMPRESSION 10/10
This was everything I heard the best La Bleues were supposed to be. I will buy this again.
Gordon scores La Clandestine 88 out of 100
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