In 1764, Brother Antoine, a Carthusian monk at the Grande Chartreuse monastery, put the finishing touches to an utterly unique blend of flavours: an incredible balance of 130 plants and quintessences based on the recipe for the Elixir of Long Life formulated at the Chartreuse monastery in Vauvert, Paris in 1605. Brother Antoine was unaware that he had just created a real star - Chartreuse Verte - which is still enjoyed today in bars and Michelin-starred restaurants alike.
In 2014 the famous liqueur was celebrating its two hundred and fiftieth anniversary - a special anniversary in more ways than one. Firstly, in the sphere of fine dining and spirits as Chartreuse Verte is the only product in the world still made by the very people who perfected it, the Carthusian monks.
Next in culture, literature, film and fashion. Not content with having given its name to a colour, it regularly makes an appearance because of its evocative power.
For 250 years it has constantly been used, assuming the most conflicting paradoxes: young, old, gentle, offensive, discreet, insolent. A liqueur equally at home in a restaurant, a bar or a glitzy nightclub, it knows no boundaries, and can be taken straight in a shot glass or mixed with its accomplices in a cocktail, constantly sparking creativity.