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.
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Until recently, the essence was distilled to its full strength of 71% ABV. But since 2010, there are new EU regulations restricting the transport and aging of alcohol products with more than 70% alcohol by volume. For this reason, the monks of the grand charter-house chose to thin their traditional liquor down to 69% ABV.
- anonymous, 9th January
I bought my supply of Elixir Vegetal from a store in Paris that specializes in products made at French monasteries. [You can also buy the Chartreuse candies there.] The alchemical provenance of the original formula is very intriguing as there is a branch of alchemy dealing with plant extracts known as Spagyrics (the term was coined by Paracelsus). Regular green Chartreuse liqueur or VEP is my favorite to sip neat from a brandy glass with a soda water chaser.
- Oldwizard, 15th Sep '12
I visited in a French home and had a upper respiratory cough, the hostess gave me a few drops of this on a sugar cube - helped for a little while and I kind of liked it. She let me copy down the name of it. Vive La France
- Rose - Clearwater FL, 29th Jul '12
Elexir vegetale is superbe
- anonymous, 21st Apr '11
I've just bought some of this and am intrigued with its acclaimed health benefits. Can anyone tesitfy as to its benefits and how long do you have to take it in order to notice?
- Syl, 9th Jan '11
This is a great drink, an even more spirity version of green charteuse which is after all strong enough already at 55%. One to add to your collection. Keep an old green Chartreuse bottle, buy 7 of these little 10cl bottles and you have one mutha of a spirit. Enjoy!
- Cocktail Shaker Boys, 25th Nov '10
Not sold on U.S. shelves as far as I know, but IS available at a few online liquor outlets (google it) like this one. Seems to be a little less potent than the European version which says it's 71% vol. (142 proof by U.S. standards) 100 ml..What is shipped to U.S. from Europe is 69% vol. 100ml. So maybe that is a necessary compromise? Still very concentrated - recommends serving only a few drops on a sugar cube for health benefits.
- anonymous, 20th Nov '10
Does anyone in the US sell this?
- anonymous, 7th Jan '10
Really nice! Tastes like a more intense version of V.E.P. So interesting on a sugar cube. I might try a few dashes of this with some gomme or maybe in a Sazerac instead of absinthe.
- Cal, 17th Jul '09
Can't anyone make this available in the US?
- anonymous, 8th Dec '08
This product is excellent. It should be more widely available. We have always had it from Tanners of Shrewsbury but they have now delisted it..
- anne cole, 6th Nov '07
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