It is based on an original 1605 recipe for an 'elixir of life', and is said to contain 130 different herbal extracts.
The history of the Grand Chartreuse monks and the manufacture of the liqueur is lengthy and troubled. The monks were expelled from their monastery on two occasions: once in 1793, at the time of the French Revolution, and again in 1903, by the French Government. After both expulsions, they were able to return and resume manufacture of Green Chartreuse.
Today, the liqueur is still manufactured under the supervision of the monks, although it is now produced at a factory in the nearby town of Voiron.