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Chartreuse Masterclass: A Liqueur Of History and Mystery


Going back almost 280 years, the French Chartreuse liqueur is a drink shrouded in mystery and history. Whether it be the secret recipe (closely guarded by monks), the complex flavour profiles (sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy – always alluring), the aging in bottle – there’s always something more when it comes to Chartreuse.

Chartreuse Brand Ambassador Nathan ‘Stretch’ Bradbery (world renowned for his Chartreuse passion and collection) will hold court at the Oak Barrel this July for an intimate masterclass with one of the world’s oldest and most secretive liqueurs.

To this day Chartreuse is made by a religious order, as it has been since its first creation in 1737. It’s also the only spirit/liqueur in the world that ages in the bottle.

Created with a recipe of 130 herbs – a closely guarded secret made available only to the monks producing it – this is a very rare chance to experience this remarkable drink.

For this tasting we’ll only be looking at the premium expressions, some of which are unavailable in Australia.


Chartreuse VEP Green ($250)
Chartreuse VEP Yellow
Chartreuse MOP
 – Master Sommeliers of France Edition ($120)
Chartreuse 9th Centenaries
 (Not sold in Australia)
Chartreuse 1605
(Not sold in Australia)
Chartreuse Elixir de Vegetal (Not sold in Australia)

WHAT: Chartreuse Masterclass
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 20 July, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $15 / Non-Members $25

Scott Fitzsimons