Benedictine and Chartreuse

The glories of several pieces of sacred music send Bloom into a brief this-worldly reverie about life in the old Catholic church, starting with art-loving popes and ending with the daily lives of monks: "Those old popes were keen on music, on art and statues and pictures of all kinds. Palestrina for example too. They had a gay old time while it lasted. Healthy too, chanting, regular hours, then brew liqueurs. Benedictine. Green Chartreuse." The two herbal liqueurs he names, which are among the finest in the world, are indeed the work of French monks, though their histories are slightly more complicated than he imagines.

John Hunt 2022

Bottles of Benedictine liqueur. Source:

Bottles of green Chartreuse liqueur. Source: