Chartreuse is a French liqueur and is available in green and yellow versions that differ in taste and alcohol content. The liqueur has been made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737 according to the instructions set out in a manuscript given to them by François Annibal d’Estrées in 1605.
Green Chartreuse is the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green colour. At any given time only two or three Carthusian monks know the secret recipe of Chartreuse Green, the identity of the 130 plants, how to blend them and how to distill them into this world famous liqueur. They are also the only ones who know which plants they have to macerate to produce the natural green and yellow colours. And they alone supervise the slow ageing in oak casks.
Chartreuse is one of very few liqueurs that improves and ages within the bottle, further enhancing the complex flavour profile of sweet and spicy robust qualities. It is very sweet, but becomes both spicy and pungent. It is comparable to other herbal liqueurs such as Galliano, Liquore Strega or Kräuterlikör, though it is distinctively more vegetal, or herbaceous.
Best served cold, in hot chocolate, after dinner, in long drinks or Chartreuse cocktails.