Produced by the Carthusian Monks from a closely guarded secret recipe, Yellow Chartreuse is made with 130 plants. It is aged in oak barrels and bottled at 43%. Created in 1840, a green version also exists, bottled at 55%. This remarkable bottle was released between 1941 and 1951, which can be deduce…More info
Produced by the Carthusian Monks from a closely guarded secret recipe, Yellow Chartreuse is made with 130 plants. It is aged in oak barrels and bottled at 43%. Created in 1840, a green version also exists, bottled at 55%. This remarkable bottle was released between 1941 and 1951, which can be deduced by its use of the new label adopted by the Carthusian Monks when they returned to France. Chartreuse is known for improving with age, which is why we heartily recommend all enthusiasts try a liqueur as old as this one.
Mystery surrounds the origins of Chartreuse. In 1605, one of Estrées’‘ marshals presented the Carthusian Monks at Vauvert, Paris with a manuscript containing the formula for a plant elixir. In 1764, this formula using 130 plants was perfected and formalized by Father Jérôme Maubec, who created the Elixir Végétal de la Grande-Chartreuse, the monastery where Chartreuse would be produced until 1864. After a difficult end to the century marked by a French Revolution that posed many problems for religious orders, green and yellow Chartreuse were created in 1840 and quickly became popular. In 1903, the monks were expelled from France and sought refuge in Tarragona, Spain, where they continued to produce Chartreuse, despite the brand being sold to a group of liquor producers. They recovered the brand in 1929 and returned production to France, although the Tarragona distillery would continue operating until 1989. Today, Chartreuse Diffusion manages production, now at the Aigueneoire Distillery, which follows in the footsteps of Fourvoirie and Voiron. Various types of Chartreuse are distributed, from green Chartreuse, to yellow Chartreuse, the Elixir Végétal and VEPs. Older versions and limited editions are hugely popular among enthusiasts and collectors, who have nicknamed it the “Queen of Liqueurs”.
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