The Chartreuse liqueur dates back to 1605, when in a monastery near Paris the monks received as a gift from the marshal of Henry IV a manuscript showing the recipe of an alchemist with great knowledge of herbs and the ability to treat them to create a beneficial remedy.
After years spent trying to interpret the manuscript, the first practical formula for the reproduction of this long-lived Elixir was designed in the early 1700s. Nowadays this recipe is reproduced exclusively by the monks of Chartreuse, who refer to the ancient manuscript to recreate what is now called the vegetable Elixir of the Grand-Chartreuse.
The recipe, kept secret, contains 130 herbs which are macerated in quality alcohol and subsequently distilled. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years in the evocative cellars of Voiron.
Chartreuse Verte is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green color. It is recommended to be consumed at a very cold temperature. Traditionally considered as a digestive after dinner, but increasingly used as a long drink.