In 1605, some monks of a monastery near Paris received, as a present, a manuscript with the recipe of a great alchemist, with several suggestions about herbs and the way of using them to produce a long life elixir.
Today, this recipe is used only by the monks of Chartreuse, who are recreating what is call Vegetal elixir of the Grand-Chartreuse. The recipe, still secret, contains 130 herbs macerated in a high quality alcohol and later distilled. The spirit is then aged for a minimum of three years in durmast barrels, in the evocative cellars of Voiron.
This liquor was created in 2005 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the manuscript.