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 Vegetal 10cl
Made by the Chartreuse Monks since 1764 according to the instructions set out in the secret manuscript given to them by Duc d’Estrées in 1605. Élixir Végétal de la Grande-Chartreuse has the same base of about 130 medicinal and aromatic plants and flowers but is more alcoholic. It is sold enclosed in small wood bottles and was traditionally worn around the monk’s neck in a vial and considered a tonic for longevity.
Ingredients : alcohol, sugar, plants and flowers.
Alcohol content : 69%
Presentation : in a small bottle, itself placed in a wooden case which protects it from the light and makes sure it keeps perfectly.
Use : a few drops on a lump of sugar, straight, or in a little sugared water, as an infusion.