Thursday, August 29, 2013

Barrel Aged Bols Genever - Limited

Bols Barrel Aged Genever...$43.99
Master Distiller Piet Van Leijenhorst, current secret recipe keeper and steward of Bols Genevers for over 25 years now, was inspired by the American bourbon tradition and decennia of experience in aging Genever by the Lucas Bols Company and decided that an original 19th century Bols Genever recipe would be perfect for aging on oak. Hand crafted by Piet and aged for at least 18 months, Bols Barrel Aged Genever is ready for the United States spirit enthousiast.

Bols Barrel-Aged Genever is the authentic aged Genever from Amsterdam, blended to perfection according to the original 19th-century Lucas Bols recipe and refined by time in Limousin oak casks. For the true connoisseur, Bols Barrel Aged Genever is a limited production that is stored for over two years in oak casks from the French Limousin region. These barrels impart a pale golden colour and a rich, oaky, sweet flavour to the genever. The heart of every quality Genever is malt wine – a rye, wheat and corn distillate triple distilled in copper pot stills, that is then blended with a unique bouquet of traditional Genever botanicals (hops, cloves, anise, licorice, ginger, juniper amongst many others).During the maturation process, the precious distillate undergoes a substantial change in colour, fragrance and flavour under the influence of the young wood.

“Bols Barrel Aged Genever represents true craftsmanship, authentic Dutch heritage and superb quality.”

The Bols Genever Clay Jug
For centuries, Genever has been bottled and shipped around the world in brown clay Genever jugs. These jugs are still found in old shipwrecks or during archaeological activities. The jug’s iconic shape is recognisable and unique to Genever. Bols Genever and Bols Barrel Aged Genever are bottled in spectacularly updated versions of the original clay Genever jug. the typography on the label is inspired by the typical 19th-century hand-painted signage on Amsterdam’s cafĂ© windows that can still be seen in the old city centre. For Bols Genever, the iconic jug shape is made from truly unique smoked grey glass. Bols Barrel Aged Genever revives the old tradition and is presented in a stunning modern grey signature edition of the original clay Genever jug.

In 2007 Genever became a protected spirit of Holland, meaning it has the equivalent of a French appellation controlĂ© d’origine (AOC). It can only be made from high-quality ingredients in the traditional way, and only in Holland and a few nearby areas.

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