Green vs Yellow Chartreuse
If you're reading this right now, you're probably at a liquor store, staring at two separate bottles of Chartreuse, pouring over the decision of which one to buy. Or, maybe that store only has one version, but it's not the one you want, and you need to know if they're interchangeable (like one of our Instagram friends was recently wondering). Well, you've come to the right place.
Do you think green and yellow chartreuse are interchangeable other than color? - @livinglark
The original recipe for Green Chartreuse dates back to a manuscript given to Carthusian Monks in 1605. Production started in 1737 and has been going ever since. If the lore wasn't enough to make you want to get your hands on a bottle, it's infused with 130 herbs, plants and flowers. We can't even think of that many herbs, plants and flowers to name. Definitely worth having this on your home bar shelf.
- Alcohol content: 110 proof (55% ABV)
- Tasting notes: Herbal, vegetal, slightly spicy, sharp, "an old library"
- Key characteristics: This is the original Chartreuse. It's also "the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural green colour."
- Cocktails: Last Word, Final Ward, Bijou, Tipperary
Developed in 1838, this version is slightly sweeter and less alcoholic. While it's got an approachable flavor profile, we don't tend to see this one on as many cocktail menus. But if you're looking for something to beef up your liqueur lineup, this is a must-have.
- Alcohol content: 80 proof (40% ABV)
- Tasting notes: Mild, sweet, hint of honey, slightly floral
- Key characteristics: Yellow gets its distinct yellow hue from saffron.
- Cocktails: Greenpoint, Monte Cassino, Puritan, Maiden's Kiss
Are they interchangeable?
The simple answer is no. They are different liqueurs and should be treated as such. Aside from discrepancies in flavor, there is a significant difference in alcohol content (15%), which could result in an imbalanced cocktail. But as we told @livinglark, just because they're not interchangeable doesn't mean that you can't try substituting one for the other. Just keep in mind these differences and adjust accordingly. For all you know that variation could be the origin of a new tasty cocktail!
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