Bols Genever, is a Dutch original. It took the English to create the lighter style that most people are familiar with and anglicize the word to gin. While it has been called the grandfather, flavor profile think of gin’s beefier older brother that all the girls have a crush on. It’s made from a triple distillate of grain, corn, wheat and rye; the juniper is there too, but it seems more like a whisky.
Last night, at Hawthorne, I was able to try Jackson Cannon’s hand picked single barrel of Bols Genever which is “the first single barrel to be individually selected at the Bols distillery in Amsterdam.” The difference? The single barrel wood aging was more noticeable as a spice component, which enhanced the cocktails Bob McCoy and Nicole Lebedevich were making.
My favorite was the Dutch Oven, a tongue in cheek take on an old fashioned:
Bols Genever, sugar, water, Reagan’s and Pechaud bitters, St. George Absinthe. Delicious, spicy and refreshing all at the same time- Proost!
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