The order of Chartreuse was more than 500 years old when in 1605, the monks received a gift from a Duke: an ancient manuscript from an “Elixir”, soon to be nicknamed the “Elixir of Long Life”. This manuscript was probably the work of a 16th century alchemist with a great knowledge of herbs and with the skill to blend, infuse, macerate the 130 of them to form a perfect balanced tonic. The recipe of the Chartreuse liquor is kept like a secret.
Take a tour of the cellars (free), visit the museum and discover inner peace (it might help to drink some Chartreuse too).
The monks received a gift from a Duke: an ancient manuscript from an “Elixir”.