This iconic French liqueur has been made by Carthusian monks since 1737; initially intending it to be used as medicine. The exact recipes for all forms of Chartreuse remain trade secrets and are known at any given time only to the three monks who prepare the herbal mixture. The only formally known element of the recipe is that it uses 130 different plants. In 2019 the monks decided to limit Chartreuse production to 1.6 million bottles per year, citing the environmental impacts of production, and the desire to focus on solitude and prayer. The combination of fixed production and increased demand has resulted in shortages of Chartreuse across the world
Chartreuse Elixir Liqueur 1605
Created to commemorate the return of the mysterious manuscript that formed the original recipe for Chartreuse by Marshal François Annibal d’Estrées to the Carthusian monks. Using over 130 different herbs & spices, the recipe was so complex that it took the monks well over a century to figure it out – production was not begun at the monastery until 1737. This special edition Chartreuse was created in 2005, 400 years later, and is a recreation of the original recipe bottled at the slightly lower strength of 56%.