Saturday, December 25, 2010

Bols Genever

Bols in the US is mostly known for their line of liqueurs. Which is unfortunate, because what they are historically recognized for is Genever... Here is a review i wrote for Hi-Time Wine Cellars:

BOLS GENEVER

The Bols Genever recipe was born out of Lucas Bols' experience as the largest producer of Genever in the world since the 16th Century. The aromas are floral, full and round-- filled with malty blossoms, plums and citrus pith laced with delicate, inviting sweetness while supple spices play in the background. The taste is soft and provocative while maintaining a malt driven juniper purity on the palate. The mouth-feel is simultaneously oily and vibrant-- so interesting. The finish clings with almond oil, juniper and friendly saporous spice. This wonderful nectar came back to the US and opening doors to a new cocktail experience, while also helping us recapture the classics of the past as they were meant to be made. Bols is sweet, pungent and aromatic with a rich, sleek gustatorial appeal--it sips, shoots and mixes with the best-- try it anyway you can imagine.

A Good Start

1 1/2 oz Bols Genever (45 ml)
1 oz Grapefruit Juice (30ml)
2 dashes Simple
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Cocktail Glass 
2 dashes Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters
Add a long Grapefruit Twist