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Chartreuse

Herbal liqueur made by the monks of the Carthusian order in the French Alps.

Chartreuse is a French liqueur composed of distilled alcohol flavored with 130 herbal extracts. The liqueur is named after the Grande Chartreuse monastery where it was formerly produced, located in the Chartreuse Mountains. The liqueur is nowadays produced in a factory in the nearby town of Voiron under the supervision of monks from the monastery.

The two types of Chartreuse most often found are:

1. Green Chartreuse (110 proof or 55%) is a naturally green liqueur flavored with extracts from 132 plants with its coloring coming from chlorophyll.

2. Yellow Chartreuse (40% or 43%), which has a milder and sweeter flavor and aroma.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chartreuse_(liqueur)
Last modified: 7 September 2009
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