Green VEP

Chartreuse

Chartreuse V.E.P., for Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé, is the luxe version. Aged for an extended period in oak casks, it mellows and intensifies to stunning effect. Earning rave reviews from tasters, these special V.E.P. bottles are presented with a wax-sealed cork and a wax-stamped back label, and shipped in individual wood boxes. These fine liqueurs offer a unique spirits experience.

Additional Information

Pale vibrant green, almost ‘day glo’. A plethora of aromas, including herbs, mint, orange rind, new leather, licorice, basil and spring flowers all vie for your attention. This sweet digestive has a constantly evolving flavour profile. Though the alcohol is high, the flavours are easily up to the task of keeping the heat in perfect line.

Technical Details

  • Origin: France
  • Category: Liqueur
  • Sustainability: Organic Practices
  • ABV: 54%
  • Age: textinput
  • Sizes Available: 1l
  • Pack Size: 6/1l
  • UPC Code: 0 89744-32960 8

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Robb Report Author: Ian Cauble
    Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    "Green Chartreuse V.E.P. is, without question, the best liqueur on earth. A secret recipe protected by the Carthusian monks of the French Alps since 1737, V.E.P. (vieillissement exceptionnellement prolong), which means exceptionally long aged, spends a minimum of 5 years in barrel. You only need to drink a few ounces, then strap yourself inconversations are more interesting; life is simply more colorful, and sleep exists only in the distant future. I dont know what they put in this stuff (only about seven monks in the world do), but the experience is one of a kind."

    Grade: "10 Holiday Gifts for the Lush in Your Life"
  • Wine Image Imbibe Magazine Author: Unlisted
    Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    "It's not easy being green, unless you're the centuries-old "elixir of long life" known as Chartreuse. An emerald-hued, flower-flavored digestif made by Carthusian monks high in the French Alps, green Chartreuse is among the most revered liqueurs in the world, and its VEP offering (which stands for vieillissement exceptionnellement prolonge-- basically extended aging) is one of our top splurges this year. Crafted from the same top-secret honey-sweetened blend of 130 herbs, flowers and spices as regular green Chartreuse, the VEP spends more than a decade aging in Turkish oak vats, resulting in a refined, luxurious liqueur that's heavenly sipped on its own or chilled over a giant ice cube."

    Grade: The Imbibe 75
  • Wine Image Playboy Magazine Author: Joe Roberts
    Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    "Equal parts booze, herbs and awesome, Chartreuse is the drink that Sir Henry Stanley guzzled in the African bush on his way to rescue Dr. Livingstone, and its what French badass Charles de Gaulle spiked his chocolate with each evening before devising ways of kicking Nazi asses out of his countrys colonial interests during World War II."

  • Wine Image Gourmet Author: Other
    Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2008

    Aged extra long in oak cases, the flavors Alpine herbs and exotic spices are perhaps too intense for mixing. But its a miracle of ancient liqueur-craft (the secret formula is more than 400 year old) and its glorious on its own.

  • Wine Image San Francisco World Spirits Competition Author: Other
    Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    Grade: 'Gold Medal - Liqueur'
  • Score: 96 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: F. Paul Pacult
    Date: Thursday, March 1, 2007

    Extra-aged Green Chartreuse. Aromas are keenly botanical and vegetal/woodsy. The palate shows peppermint, citrus peel, and sage along with the herbs and botanicals. Concludes with finesse and power.

    Grade: Buying Guide
  • Wine Image The Food Network Author: Other
    Date: Monday, December 25, 2006

    Its made with orange bitters, french dessert wine, tea from south africa, and a supreme tequila. One of Harrys favorites is the angels share. Its made by flavoring a snifter with Chartreuse V.E.P., and adding brandy, walnut liqueur, and 20-year-old port. The heavenly dram starts with fresh lemon juice, which is enhanced with honey syrup, sweet, raisin-flavored sherry, and a 25-year-old scotch. If youre feeling festive, you might wanna try drinking the stars Its full-bodied and luscious with a rich, plum-like flavor. A tawny port from Portugal, it warms your mouth with a dry nutty taste and a hint of vanilla. And a rare French liqueur called Chartreuse V.E.P. Its made by monks from a secret recipe and has a mellow flavor that reminds me of honey, saffron, and licorice. Isnt that interesting? Feeling like I had the hang of it, I headed out to the dining room to rev up some appetites. Good evening you will become ravenous after I serve you the aperitif Cheers! Cheers! Mmm, yummy. A-ha, a diner in need of an after-dinner drink. Im gonna have the Chartreuse V.E.P. All right. Youre the first Chartreuse Ive had tonight, and I just well, hopefully you know how to pour it and serve it properly, right? Ill be right back. Chartreuse V.E.P.s alcohol content is a whopping 11o proof, thats why you only pour a small amount. Oh, it smells good, huh? Yeah? Yeah, its mixing with his cologne its good. Im wearing eau de Chartreuse. Ah, the right drink at the right time. Thats how you create a dining experience.

    Grade: 'The Secret Life Of...'
  • Wine Image San Francisco Chronicle Author: Jane Tunks
    Date: Friday, November 3, 2006

    Chartreuse, an herbal liqueur created by Carthusian monks in France, is being spotlighted all month at Nopa (560 Divisidero St., San Francisco. A shot of green or yellow Chartreuse is $7, or splurge on the Chartreuse VEP ($12), which is made from the same recipe as green Chartreuse and aged for an extra-long time in oak casks.The bartenders are also mixing up cocktails with the French liqueur, such as the Last Word ($7), made with gin, green Chartreuse and Luxardo Maraschino, and the Widows Kiss ($9), with Calvados, yellow Chartreuse, Benedictine and angostura bitters.

    Grade: 'Sipping News'
  • Wine Image Spirit Journal Author: F. Paul Pacult
    Date: Friday, September 1, 2006

    "Extra-aged Green Chartreuse. The pale lime green color is eye-catching and flawlessly free of sediment. In the opening sniffs, the aroma is keenly botanical (anise, licorice, fennel) and seed-like (caraway, coriander); additional time in the copita stimulates more vegetal/woodsy scents to emerge, especially sawdust, pine bark, cardamom, basil, and grass. The palate entry is off-dry to bittersweet and concentrated on peppermint, citrus peel, and sage; the midpalate taste profile is harmonious as the various components of herbs, sweetness, alcohol, and woodsy botanicals meld perfectly into a single flavor thrust that is unforgettable. Concludes with finesse and power."

    Grade: Highest Recommendation-Five Stars
  • Wine Image Robb Report Author: Anthony Diaz Blue
    Date: Thursday, June 1, 2006

    "Originally produced as an elixir of long life by Carthusian monks from a recipe they acquired in 1605, Chartreusenamed for its green huehas survived revolutions, landslides, and tangles with the French government, which twice attempted to appropriate the recipe. In 1810, Napolon ordered that all secret medicinal recipes be delivered to the ministry of the interior, but the emperor returned the Chartreuse recipe to the monks without divulging its contents. In 1903, the monks temporarily fled to Spain with the recipe when the French government nationalized the distilling industry. Today the Alpine herb liqueur is still made by Carthusian monks, whose tradition of silence prevents them from speaking of the secret ingredients. Chartreuse V.E.P. (Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolong) is made from those same ingredients as the traditional green liqueur, but extra-long aging makes it heady and herbaceous, with just a touch of sweetness. The bottle is a replica of the packaging that was used in 1840."

    Grade: Best of the Best 2006
  • Wine Image Cheers Author: Robert Plotkin
    Date: Monday, May 1, 2006

    Harry Dentons features several ultra-elegant specialties laced with fortified wines that are dubbed the Million Dollar Cocktail Collection.the Angels Share, a decadent combination of Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac, Charbay Walnut Liqueur, Rocha 20-Year-Old Port and a splash of Chartreuse VEP.

    Grade: Well-Fortified
  • Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: F. Paul Pacult
    Date: Monday, December 15, 2003

    "Chartreuse VEP Green and Chartreuse Yellow: Perhaps the greatest digestifs ever conceived. The Green version, at 110 proof, is extra potent. The Yellow version, at 80 proof, is less demanding, but equally effective." -- F. Paul Pacult

    Grade: 'Proof Positive: Soothe Operators'
  • Wine Image San Francisco World Spirits Competition Author: Other
    Date: Saturday, September 1, 2001

    Double Gold Medal

    Grade: Double Gold
  • Wine Image Santé Author: Other
    Date: Wednesday, November 30, -0001

    Licorice and flower aromas, with sweet herbal notes. Sweet middle finish, with flavors of herbs, licorice, white pepper and burnt flowers. Very elegant and well made.

    Grade: Annual Buying Guide 2001

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