Absinthe La Clandestine Wine Alcohol - 53%
La Clandestine is a classic Swiss La Bleue, one of the most popular and certainly one of the best on on the market. It has been awarded multiple gold medals and "Best in Class" awards at competitions in Switzerland, France, the UK and the US. It's based on a traditional recipe for bootleg Swiss absinthe dating from 1935 (hence the name "La Clandestine"). This was one of the first absinthes distilled in the Val-de-Travers after re-legalization, and is the cornerstone on which Claude-Alain Bugnon's reputation is based.
Made from high quality wine alcohol, La Clandestine can be cellared for several years, it will continue to improve with further maturation. All lovers of fine absinthe should try this classic La Bleue, it's one of the absinthe renaissance's handful of recognised benchmarks.
1 Tasting notes from FeeVerte.net:
Review by Wolfgang 25/11/2008
COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Because of the low alcool and high anis-fennel content, louche begins almost as soon as you add water. It will of course result in a thickly louched and milky absinthe but it robs you of some moment of contemplation as the louche develops. Botling the same product at at least 65% would solve this little problem.
COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Like skimed milk. I can see oily traces floating on top of the glass. This absinthe must be packed with herbs.
Neat: sweet, slightly fruity as could be expected from a fruit based alcool. The fruit remains in control and is not obstrusive. Fennel, anis and wormwood and somekind of a flowery powdery note. Note that it took about two weeks after opening the bottle and removing about 2 oz before any trace of funk diseapeared. At first I tought it was traces of overcooking but it went away after aeration.
Louched: the base alcool is very nice and present. There’s also some minty, citrusy and flowery notes. It is more light and refreshing than intense.
Silky chalky goodness.
With sugar it’s like a good candy. The citrusy notes keeps it refreshing without being lemony. With less sugar and more water, it is so refreshing and easy to swallow I’m afraid this bottle will go down pretty fast.
OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
This is one of the best La Bleue I have tasted so far. It is relatively simple but it is also so easy to swallow ! It is much better than my slightly overcooked bottle of regular Clandestine (and way way better than Duplais blanche) It is much more interesting to taste such a wine based blanche than a regular one anyway, unless you’re new to it and want to compare side by side.
Wolfgang scores Clandestine Alcool de Vin 85 out of 100
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