- Country: Specialty Spirits
- Region: Specialty Spirits
With hundreds of years of tradition and history, Chartreuse comes from a breathtaking, remote mountain monastery high in the French Alps. Produced as an act of devotion by the Carthusian order of monks, it’s now consumed in a similar act of devotion by many Americans! The formula for Chartreuse is complex and varied, including over 130 different types of mountain flowers, herbs, roots, and other botanicals. To maintain the historic secrecy, the formula is known only in part and only to three monks so that no single person is in possession of the entire recipe.
• 1605 The gift of the manuscript in 1605
• 1810 The Emperor Napoleon ordered all the “secret”
recipes of medicines to be sent to the Ministry of the Interior
• 1737 The Elixir Végétal finally made in 1737
• 1838 Yellow Chartreuse in 1838
• 1921 The Green and the Yellow made in Marseille between 1921 and 1929 officially called “Tarragone.”
• 1764 Green Chartreuse in 1764
• 1903 The French government nationalized the Chartreuse distillery. The monks were expelled. The distillers went to Spain where they built a new distillery in Tarragona
• 1963 V.E.P. introduced in 1963
Today Chartreuse liqueur has become a cult classic. Bartenders and mixologists across the country are constantly concocting fun, innovative drinks using this distinctive liqueur.
"I never had a singular moment of revelation with wine... But I had it with Chartreuse. It was simply one of the most magical things I'd ever tasted." -Paul Einbund | Wine & Spirits Magazine read the entire article here