Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal is a strange but beautiful liqueur made to an original 'elixir of life' recipe revived by the Carthusian monks in the 18th century. Recommended on a sugar cube or slightly diluted with sugary water.
An exemplary traditional cassis from the Carthusian monks, more famous for their phenomenally green herbal liqueur. The blackberries used to make this come from the area around the charterhouse in Voiron.
A very special limited edition Chartreuse produced in partnership with a French guild of Master Sommeliers, the MOFS ('Meuilleurs Ouvriers de France-Sommeliers'). The MOFS were flying blind as they weren't allowed to see the original recipe, and this is said to be less sweet and much more complex than standard yellow Chartreuse.
A special edition Chartreuse, originally created in 1984 to mark the 900th anniversary of the foundation of the Grande Charteuse abbey where the liqueur was originally made. This liqueur is similar to green chartreuse but is sweeter and at a lower strength.
In 1605 François Hannibal d'Estrées, presented the recipe for an 'Elixir of Life' to the Carthusian monks. Using over 130 different herbs & spices, the recipe was so complex that it took the monks well over a century to figure it out - production was not begun at the monastery until 1737. This special edition Chartreuse was created in 2005, 400 years later, and is a recreation of the original recipe bottled at the slightly lower strength of 56%.
A half-litre bottle of Chartreuse Yellow VEP. The ageing period for this ultra-mellow Charteuse is at least eight years and the bottle is presented exactly the same way as in 1840, with a wax seal over a driven cork and a wooden box marked with a branding iron. V.E.P. stands for 'Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé', meaning 'Exceptionally Long-Aged'.
A 1970s bottling of Green Chartreuse. Made using 130 plants, the recip is a closely guarded secret known by only two monks who belong to a silent order, so there's no chance of them letting it slip. In the 1970s, the liqueur's production was in operation both at Voiron in France and Tarragona in Spain.
A bottle of Chartreuse Yellow Liqueur, made at the Tarragona distillery in Spain, we estimate, during the 1970s. The liqueur is made by a silent order of monks, only a handful of whom know the exact recipe.