Claude-Alain's absinthes have won several of the most prestigious awards available¬† to absinthes.
Every autumn, the "who's who" of the Absinthe world meets in Pontarlier, France (just over the border from Couvet). They do some work, they eat and they have one or two drinks. Various juries (ranging from professional to enthusiastic "amateur" - the word has a different meaning in French) sample and score the range of absinthes presented.
In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, Claude-Alain's La Clandestine Recette Marianne (a very slightly different blend distilled to meet France's now repealed fenchone laws) won the Golden Spoon: the equivalent of the Absinthe Oscars.
STOP PRESS OCTOBER 2009: La Clandestine Recette Marianne was the highest rated blanche absinthe, but after four successive victories it was agreed to be "hors du concours." Claude-Alain's Ang√©lique Verte Suisse won the Golden Spoon in the Verte category, winning its distiller a record fifth consecutive Golden Spoon at the world's most prestigious absinthe awards.
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Absinthe D'Or award
In 2006, Claude-Alain's Clandestine won the prestigious Absinthe D'Or award in Switzerland's national spirits competition.
Best label and Gold Medal
At the Forum Romand des Eaux-de-Vie, and in a field of more than 250 drinks presented, La Clandestine won the prize for the Best Label as well as a Gold Medal.
Distiswiss Gold Medal
And in 2007, La Clandestine won another Gold Medal, this time in the competition for all Swiss spirits. Proof that Absinthe - or at least La Clandestine - is definitely a drink that the Swiss are now proud of.