Cocktail Hour: Yellow Chartreuse


If you’ve never tried Chartreuse before, you should…it’s good quality stuff.  Still made by Carthusian monks using the method outlined in a secret manuscript given to them in 1605, it is essentially an herbal liqueur.   The more readily available green version is sweet, pungent, and strong (55% alcohol).  Served on ice, and sipped slowly, it goes down deceptively smoothly.  It’s gentler cousin,  yellow chartreuse,  is both less strong (40%), and less assertive in terms of flavour.   It tastes sweeter, and reminds one of honey on the tongue.

Til next time…cheers!

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