aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Take my breath away

Well, I satisfied a curiosity of many years' standing tonight. I have finally tasted Chartreuse, an herbal liqueur (weed stew) brewed from a recipe handed down by Carthusian monks and reputed to be the elixir of life.

Chartreuse is the only naturally green liquor (from the chlorophyll of the herbs). And it's 110 proof. (There is also a milder, 80-proof yellow chartreuse made with honey.) It smells like Vitalis. collinsmom said it tasted like cough syrup.

Actually, it tastes quite a bit like Jaegermeister, though not as heavy. It has a spicier flavor, and with the extra proofage is decidedly more ethereal. All in all, rather tasty, though not for slurping: I had a mere finger's worth, and I wondered if I would be able to finish it. collinsmom observed that if you took a sip and held it in the back of your throat for a moment before swallowing, it would clear your sinuses in no time.

I quite liked it. (Interested sippers see me for a private tasting.)

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