I finally managed to track down some green Chartreuse. It’s made from a blend of 130 different herbs, once thought to be an “Elixir of long life.” It’s been made by Carthusian monks since 1737 despite war, landslide, and exile. Only two monks know the recipe!

It’s so strong that you can only take a tiny bit on your tongue at a time, and it has five distinct flavours (or so Evelyn Waugh states in Brideshead Revisited).

It’s exactly the same colour as my cat’s eyes.

I am keeping one bottle for a bohemian evening with my great friend of two decades, and singer in my first ever band. We will play guitar on the roof, compose epic poetry, and barricade the hatch so the neighbour can’t make us be quiet!


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