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Chartreuse

An herb liqueur created by Carthusian monks. You can find two versions of the liqueur (see Green Chartreuse and Yellow Chartreuse). In France, the monks also produce an Elixir which is 76% alcohol, sold in very small quantities and which is intended to cure things like sore throats and other such ailments. Then there is the V. E.P. Chartreuse, which comes in both a green and yellow variety (108 and 84 proof respectfully) and has a very long aging in oak barrels. VEP stands of Vieillissement Extrement Prolonge (Extremely prolonged aging). They only manufacture a small quantity of these bottles every year and it is a fantastic after dinner drink. Thank you to Patrick Gengoux for providing most valuable information.
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