Chartreuse Elixir Vegetal Liqueur (100ml)
$39. 99 Bottle
While we enjoy Chartreuse in Australia under its familiar forms (Green & Yellow), we felt there was a definite need to introduce the more elaborate and original versions of the liqueur to Australians: Chartreuse V.E.P, Chartreuse 9th century, 1605 Elixir and Cuvee M.O.F. Without question, they are amongst the most enthralling spirits on the planet. Now we add to that list with the quintessential expression of Carthusian genius - “Elixir Vegetal’. ‘Elixir Vegetal’ is the antecedent to the more subdued “1605” which was based on the Elixir. (The original tonic was primarily used as a remedy for stomach ailments, however considered too potent for regular consumption due to its high abv of 69%, thus the lower proof 1605 version was created.) Elixir Vegetal is the genuine article. It represents the soul of the Chartreuse brand and is arguably one of the most complex liqueurs in existence today. Its appeal not only resides in its surreal taste but also its tonic properties. Traditionally, mountaineers have praised the invigorating effects of a few droplets over a sugar cube. It is also a living testament to the craftsmanship of the Chartreuse monks who display a level of precision rarely attained when working with natural ingredients. This is why the Elixir Vegetal comes in its own wooden box, as protection against light which can affect its taste and colour if stored improperly. Very, very limited stocks. Tasting note: Striking deep emerald green; penetrating bitter sweet herbal notes feature thyme infused honey, liquorice and tumeric in the first pass. Second inspection finds hints of peppermint and chamomile tea, juniper and sweet decaying grass-like scents. Entry is creamy and deceptive; mid palate is prickly and slightly hot with intense bittersweet herbal tea, quinine and anise-like flavours apparent through the nippy spirit. Finishes pleasantly bitter with sweet spices and anise following in a lengthy herbal / spearmint fade. Invigorating indeed! 69% Alc./Vol.