Monks' pear brandy arrives in the UK
Pear brandy crafted by a group of Carthusian monks at the foothills of the Gorjanci Mountains in Slovenia is available in the UK for the first time.
The Charterhouse Monastery in Pleterje is one of just 25 extant Carthusian monasteries throughout the world and has been producing the aperitif for the past 60 years.
It is a brother monastery to Grand Chartreuse in France – which produces the world-famous chartreuse liqueur – and hopes to replicate the success its fellow monks have enjoyed.
The nine monks in Pleterje are joined by nine lay workers to produce the brandy, which uses Williams pears grown in the monastery’s grounds.
“The southern side of the wall surrounding Pleterje Carthusian Monastery is planted with pear trees,” said Father Frančišek, one of the monks.
“When the fruit reaches hazelnut size, bottles are fixed to the trees so that the delicious pears grow and ripen inside the glass. After the pears are picked inside their bottles, the bottles are topped up with four-times distilled pear brandy.”
There are just 4,000 bottles of Pleterje Charterhouse Pear Brandy with Williams Pear available in the UK, with an introductory rrp of £44.99.
It has listings at the Fox & Anchor on Charterhouse Street in London, a stone’s throw from the London Charterhouse Monastery, and at www.justminiatures.co.uk, but the monks aim to roll it out to the wider trade.