Chartreuse Green Liqueur 750 ML Hard to find! France This
is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green color. It is
powerful and unique. Only a few Chartreuse monks know which plants they have to
macerate to produce the natural green color. And they alone supervise the slow
ageing in oak casks.
In 1605, Carthusian monks living just outside the city of
Paris received a gift from Francois Hannibal d'Estres, the Marshall of the
King's Artillery. The gift was a manuscript that Francois had inherited, and
detailed a recipe for a liqueur that was simply named "Elixir of Long Life.
The manuscript was nearly impossible to decipher and in the beginning of the
18th century, was sent to La Grande Chartreuse. In 1737, Frere Jerome Maubec,
the monastery's apothecary, unravelled the mysterious recipe, which called for
the use of over one hundred herbs and botanicals. Today, Chartreuse Liqueur
continues to be made exclusively by Carthusian monks and remains one of the
oldest and most mysterious spirits available. Only three monks from the order
know the recipe to make the liqueur, and each has taken a vow of silence in
order to protect its integrity. Chartreuse Green Liqueur is made according to
the recipe bequeathed to the monks by Francois Hannibal d' Estres. The recipe
calls for the maceration of over 130 different herbs, plants, roots and
botanicals that can be grown near the French Alps into a base wine. Following
maceration, the liqueur is aged in oak vats for five years.