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Chartreuse’s recipe is far more closely guarded than the Coca Cola formula – not surprisingly, when you consider it originated as an elixir of life (or at least youth). In the 16th century many alchemists were engaged in the search for an elixir – and in 1605 Marshall d’Estrees, a friend of King Henry IV of France, gave a recipe to the Carthusian monks. The manuscript was hand-written and signed by Estrees, so it is assumed he was the original creator of the Elixir, a fact apparently supported by his living to the age of 97. But the recipe lay untouched in a monastery near Paris for 132 years before it was eventually taken to the Monastery of Grand Chartreuse where Brother Jerôme Maubec, a master apothecary, worked to perfect the elixir.
All the liqueurs manufactured by the Carthusian fathers are made from entirely natural products with their vivid colours coming only from the plants they contain. The Chartreuse production process includes four distillations and three macerations. The result of the different processes is blended together and left to mature and marry in oak casks, many of which are more than 100 years old.
A specially matured version of Yellow Chartreuse, aged for at least eight years in oak vats. The initials ‘V.E.P.’ stand for ‘Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé’, meaning, ‘exceptionally long ageing’. The individually numbered, wax-sealed bottles used are identical to those used in 1840.
The original liqueur formulated by Brother Antoine from the ‘elixir’ (Chartreuse Elixir Végétal). Green Chartreuse is flavoured with extracts from 132 botanicals with its distinctive colour coming from the chlorophyll in these plants.
Élixir Végétal de la Grande Chartreuse is the original tonic (elixir of life) first created by Brother Antoine in 1764, accordingly it is classified a pharmaceutical product in France. Take by dripping five drops on a sugar cube or in a little sugared water, or add a few dashes to hot chocolate.
This specially matured version of Green Chartreuse is aged for at least eight years in oak vats. The initials ‘V.E.P.’ stand for ‘Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé’, meaning, ‘exceptionally long ageing’. The individually numbered, wax-sealed bottles used are identical to those used in 1840.
Génépi is the name used for several different aromatic Alpine plants (also known as Mugwort). This Génépi liqueur is made to a secret recipe under the supervision of the Carthusian monks of Chartreuse.
This monastic liqueur commemorates 1605, when Marshal François Hannibal d'Estrées, presented the Carthusian monks of Paris with a recipe for an 'Elixir of Life'. Four hundred years later, in 2005, this rendition of the original recipe, bottled at 56% was first released.
Created in 1984 to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the foundation of the Cartesian Order in 1084. It is presented in a bottle whose shape is identical to that used in the last century. Each bottle caries a unique exemplaire (copy) number on its back label.