Historically, the credit for the development of liqueurs goes to the monks of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, who created various tonics and beverages to promote health by experimenting with combinations of roots and herbs mixed with a spirit base. Many of those products, including Chartreuse & Benedictine, have survived to this day. Read More »
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created in 1984 to mark the 900th anniversary of the foundation of the Grande Charteuse abbey where the liqueur was originally made.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'.
The 2013 edition of Aalborg's special yearly Jule akvavit, the 32nd such limited edition celebrating the yule-tide season. Produced from a recipe that hasn't changed for over a century, this is best served chilled.