The history of Chartreuse Liqueurs really dates back to 1605 when Francois Hannibal d'Estrees, Marshal of King Henri IV's artillery gave the gift of an already ancient manuscript to the monks in Vauvert near Paris. The recipe for this elixir was incredibly complex, and not fully understood, so the manuscript was sent to the Mother House of the Order - La Grande Chartreuse - near Grenoble. After exhaustive study Frere Jerome Maubec in 1737 drew up the practical formula for 'the Elixir of Long Life'. This formula was really a medicine, but recognising what a pleasant drink it was the Monks, in 1764, developed the Green Chartreuse you can now buy today.
Christmas Opening: The Abbey Shop will close for the Christmas holidays at 4pm on Saturday 23rd December, re-opening on Monday 8th January 2018.
May we wish all our customers a Happy & Peaceful Christmas and New Year and thank them for their support throughout the year.