Chartreuse is a French liquor available in green and yellow versions that differ in taste and alcohol content. The liquor has been made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737 according to the instructions set out in a manuscript given to them by François Annibal d’Estrées in 1605. It was named after the monks’ Grande Chartreuse monastery, located in the Chartreuse Mountains in the general region of Grenoble in France. The liqueur is produced in their distillery in the nearby town of Voiron (Isère), they are also the only ones who know which plants they have to macerate to produce the natural green and yellow colours. It is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers and also they alone supervise the slow ageing in oak casks.
It is one of the handful of liquors that continue to age and improve in the bottle. Chartreuse is powerful and unique. It has an intense floral and herbal flavor with hints of cloves, citrus, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon.
Green Chartreuse is the only liquor in the world with a completely natural green colour
Only two Chartreuse monks know the identity of the 130 plants, how to blend them and how to distill them into this world famous liqueur. Ingredients : alcohol, sugar, 130 plants and flowers.
How to drink it : To bring out all its flavour, it should be consumed very cold, even on the rocks. Traditionally considered an after dinner drink, Chartreuse is more and more being enjoyed as a long drink.