Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal de la Grande-Chartreuse Liqueur10cl / 69%
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.
Allergen InformationThis product may contain the following:
- sesame seeds and products thereof
Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal de la Grande-Chartreuse Liqueur Reviews
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Nose: Like falling face-first into a herb garden. Dill, caraway, mint, basil and oregano are all present.
Palate: Undiluted, it shows an incredibly concentrated herbaceousness, but the alcohol isn’t overpowering. With water added (to bring it down to around 40% abv), a sweeter eucalyptus note appears.
Finish: Long, medicinal, and herby, with a dry mint-toothpaste sensation at the very end.
Comment: I can understand why it was created as a reviving tonic. It’s very herbal and shows a medicinal flavour profile. For me, it is too pungent neat, and needs water to open up.
Serving suggestion: Add a few drops of sugar syrup – the sweetness and the herbaceousness complement each other perfectly.
11 Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
Elexir vegetale is superbe
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?
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!
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.
Does anyone in the US sell this?
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.
Can't anyone make this available in the US?