Chartreuse Liqueur

La Chartreuse

Located in the Chartreuse Mountain, the Monastery of “La Grande Chartreuse” is the Mother House – The headquarters- of the Chartreuse order. This is where after years of study, the elixir Végétal  - from the manuscript given by Marshall d’Estrées – was finally produced in 1737. The production was followed by the production of Green Chartreuse in 1764.

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Chartreuse Liqueur

Chartreuse is a French liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737 according to the instructions set out in the secret manuscript given to them by François Annibal d'Estrées in 1605. It is composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. The liqueur is named after the monks’ Grande Chartreuse monastery, located in the Chartreuse Mountains in the general region of Grenoble in France. The liqueur is produced in their distillery in the nearby town of Voiron.

Chartreuse gives it name to the colour chartreuse, which was first used as a term of colour in 1884. It is one of the handful of liquors that continues to age and improve in the bottle.