Box of Yellow Chartreuse - 1966-1982 (After 1975) - Voiron (12 x 75 cl)

Liqueur made by the Carthusian Monks since 1605. The unique natural liqueur in the world, with a completely natural color. These specific bottles were made in their distillery of Voiron, in Southeast France, after it was rebuilt in 1936.

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Tasting notes for the Yellow Chartreuse from Voiron (Late 1970s)

  • EYE: The Yellow Chartreuse, dating from the late 1970s, pleases the eye with its intense and deep golden color. Its shimmering appearance evokes the mystery and richness of this iconic liqueur produced by monks for several decades.
  • NOSE: A whirlwind of herbal aromas emanates from the glass, underscored by subtle notes of honey and candied citrus peels. Delicate spicy nuances gently emerge, highlighting the refined aromatic complexity of the blend.
  • MOUTH: The Yellow Chartreuse delivers an exceptional tasting experience on the palate. Flavors of medicinal herbs, saffron, and honey harmoniously blend, creating a balanced taste palette. The silky texture envelops the palate, while a hint of freshness lingers in the aftertaste.


In short: A Yellow Chartreuse from the 1970s that surprises with its golden brilliance, a complex herbal bouquet on the nose, and a balanced palate combining flavors of medicinal herbs, saffron, and honey. This historic liqueur can be fully enjoyed now, but its unique character will continue to develop over the years. Savor it as a digestif alongside dark chocolate dessert, citrus tart, or caramelized nuts for an unforgettable experience. Note that this assortment of 12 bottles is sold in its original cardboard box, adorned with the green color of the famous brand.

Product Details

Data sheet

75 cl
Yellow Chartreuse
Alcohol, sugar, honey, 130 plants and flowers
Production origin
France, Voiron
% vol.
40 %
Carton of 12 bottles
Made by
The Pères Chartreux
5 cm
Perfect condition
Smooth and clean
Screw cap, perfect conditon
Tax Stamp
Collector Bottle
Original box, wrappers and booklet
Producer: Les Pères Chartreux
Les Pères Chartreux

The famous liqueur made by Carthusian monks


In 1605, at a Chartreuse monastery of Vauvert, in Paris, the monks received a gift from Marshal d'Estrées, an already ancient manuscript from an “Elixir”, which no one knows the origin of. In this period, only a few monks and even fewer apothecaries understood the use of herbs and plants in the treatment of illness. The manuscript's recipe was so complex that only bits and pieces of it were understood and used by the monastery's apothecary, Frère Jerome Maubec. He finally unraveled the mystery and, in 1737, drew up the practical formula for the preparation of the Elixir.

The distribution and sales of this new medicine were limited. One of the monks of La Grande Chartreuse would load his mule with the small bottles that he sold in Grenoble and Chambéry, and other nearby villages. So tasty was this elixir that it was often used as a beverage rather than a medicine. Recognizing this, the monks, in 1764, adapted the elixir recipe to make a milder beverage, and which we know today as "Green Chartreuse" (55% alcohol). The success of this liqueur was immediate and its fame was no longer restricted to the area around La Grande Chartreuse.  In 1838, the Chartreuse distillers developed a sweeter form of Chartreuse: "Yellow Chartreuse" (43% alcohol)

In 1903, the French government nationalized the Chartreuse distillery. The monks were expelled. The monks took their secret recipe to their refuge in Tarragona, Spain, where they built a new distillery, and began producing their spirits with the same label, but with an additional label which said "Liqueur fabriquée à Tarragone par les Pères Chartreux" ("liqueur manufactured in Tarragone by the Carthusian Fathers"). After World War II, the government lifted the expulsion order, making the Carthusian monks once again legal French residents. Since the closure of the distillery of Tarragona in 1989, the liqueur is produced exclusively in Voiron using the herbal mixture prepared by two monks at Grande Chartreuse.

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