Chartreuse is an herbal liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks near Grenoble, France. According to the tale, the formula for chartreuse was invented by a 16th century alchemist as an attempt to create aqua vitae (the waters of life.) Aqua vitae was believed to restore youth to the aged, endow animation to the dead, and be a key ingredient in the creation of the philosophers stone. Though this attempt at its creation seems to fall somewhat short of the legendary effects, it was promoted as a heal-all tonic by the descendant of the alchemist, and was bequeathed to the Carthusian Order upon his death. This formula of 130 herbs has been secret for nearly 400 years. Today, only three brothers of that monastery know how to make chartreuse.
This site, known as chartreuse (beta) shares some of the same legendary traits of the famed alcohol. Daily reading of it is also said to restore youth, cause you to see things differently and put you to sleep with a smile on your face.
This blog has been mentioned in various old media sources, including The New York Times, BusinessWeek and The Boston Globe. New media sources such as Rocketboom, Seth’s blog and others also appreciate some Chartreuse (beta) every now and then.
I am glad you are here. Take a look around. And enjoy your new-found youth.