Chartreuse is inextricably tied to the Carthusian Order of monks. Bruno of Cologne (later to become St. Bruno) founded the order in 1084 after giving up an affluent life in Reims, France. In 1605 the French Artillery Marshall to the King, Hannibal d’Estrees presented to the Carthusians a mysterious manuscript containing the formula for an “Elixir of Long Life”. In 1737, as the result of lengthy endeavours, Brother Jerome Maubec succeeded in manufacturing for the first time what is still called “The Herbal Elixir of the Grandé Chartreuse”. Two decades later, Green Chartreuse was created using the same recipe used today. Yellow Chartreuse was created in 1838 by another brother, Bruno Jacquet – a milder and sweeter version of the famous Green Chartreuse. chartreuse.fr
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