Now Legal 12/21/07 According to the manufacturer, La Clandestine is based on a 1935 recipe by Swiss distiller Charlotte Vaucher 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. 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, 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.