Bols // Netherlands
Bols first began distilling genevers back in 1664. This bottling, re-launched in 2008, is based on an original recipe dating from 1820. The malt-wine is the base of this genever with it comprising over 50% of the product. The malt-wine is created using a long-fermented rye, corn, and wheat with a small amount of barley which is triple-distilled in pot-stills. It is then blended with a juniper distillate and a botanical distillate. Bottled at 42% ABV.
GeneverGenever is a juniper-flavored spirit which combines a botanically-flavored, neutral spirit with a maltwine. Only made in Belgium, the Netherlands, and in specific regions of France and Germany. Jonge genever is made with a maximum of 15% maltwine. Oude genever uses at least 15% of maltwine. Korenwijn genever uses at least 51% of maltwine.
"Moderately aromatic with a malty quality coming through. Think the aroma of a pale ale. There's a nuttiness there as well. Juniper is faint. The body is medium full and a bit slick on the palate. Some bitterness at end along with alcohol heat. Drinking at room temp is common, but feel free to use in a cocktail. Try an Improved Cocktail."