The Grande Chartreuse, just north of the city of Grenoble, France has been making Chartreuse since 1737 and is made with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. Talk about drinking to your health, some say this is an excellent medicinal liqueur. Here in Canada, the Chartreuse liqueur is very expensive.
The two types of Chartreuse are:
Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55%) is a naturally green liqueur made from 130 herbs and plants macerated in alcohol and steeped for about 8 hours. A last maceration of plants gives its colour to the liqueur.
Yellow Chartreuse (80 proof or 40%), which has a milder and sweeter flavour and aroma.
The actual recipe for the Green Chartreuse is known to only two Charthusian monks and is aged for five years, so no wonder it is so expensive.
The two monks charged with the duty oversee the entire production of Chartreuse. It begins in the monastery's herb room where the precise selection of herbs is bagged. These are then taken to the distillery and macerated with a neutral alcohol spirit which is then distilled. - What is Chartreuse Liqueur?
Does anyone know of a mock recipe for the Chartreuse Liqueur of 130 herbs?