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Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal de la Grande-Chartreuse Liqueur
- Mixed Herb
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Like falling face-first into a herb garden. Dill, caraway, mint, basil and oregano are all present.
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.
Long, medicinal, and herby, with a dry mint-toothpaste sensation at the very end.
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.
Add a few drops of sugar syrup – the sweetness and the herbaceousness complement each other perfectly.
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Yum! My parents brought this back from a visit to the monastery in the 1970's, when "the troubles" were at their worst in Northern Ireland and it made us all feel better. It still tastes equally good diluted and full strength on a sugar cube.
I've been a fan of Chartreuse Elixir for several years now, after I was given a bottle by a friend for my birthday. It forms part of my own custom recipe Old Fashioned - Bulleit Rye, Giffard Sugar Syrup, Angostura Bitters, and a dash of Elixir to complete the spicy, herbal, sweet drink of kings!
It has been on my counter since getting it near Le Puy, France some yrs ago now. I was turned onto something the presenter at the tour verde said about it being healthy as well as being able to use it as a drink, but I forgot all the details.
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.
Allergens & Ingredients
This product may contain the following:
- sesame seeds and products thereof
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