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 Liqueur de 9e Centenaire
A bottling of Chartreuse liqueur which was created in celebration of the 9th centenary of the formation of the Cartesian Order, which occurred in 1084. This was first produced in 1984 – many, many years after 1084. 900 of them, you could say. Mightily refreshing and flavoursome.