Bols Genever

Genever

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    1. ContemplativeFox

      Tasted April 26, 2021
      3.25
      3.25 out of 5 stars
      Rating: 15/23 N: Rich, vegetal, herbal. It's really hard to describe the particular scents here, which unfortunately I think suggests that there's a muddling of flavors. The caraway peaks out from time to time and there's sort of an anise character mixed with the rich but mellow component of black licorice and a little bit of something savory but not meaty. I get a dash more grain too, but that may be the caraway. P: This is a more floral, sweeter, more mineral, and slightly fruity version of the nose. It's still really rich with a solid fullness. I get that caraway freshness mixed with some herbal boldness that blends nicely into the rich anise with mellow black licorice backing. I'm actually getting more complexity out of this than I'd expected. And those occasional floral notes fit in nicely. F: The caraway bitterness combined with freshness lingers for quite some time. I get floral and mellow black licorice notes too adding to the complexity, but the caraway forms the core of the finish. - Conclusion - I've been contemplating this bottle for a while and I'm starting to understand what genever is a little bit. I didn't like this when I first opened it, but it's grown on me since. I appreciate the bold flavor and have since learned that it's pretty good in eggnog (yeah, this review has been some time coming). Overall, it isn't terribly complex and isn't something that I can see myself wanting to sip on any sort of a regular basis, but I do appreciate it. Now I want to look for better genever. I found this to be very difficult at first, but it's kind of sippable now. It's at least a 14, though I'm skeptical that it's higher than a 16. A 17 is as high as I can currently imagine going. Based on some side-by-side comparisons, I'm going with a 15 here. I was a little on the fence with Plymouth (14) and Ford's (15), but Roku (16) seemed like it was probably better.
      26.0 USD per Bottle
    2. jozz

      Tasted April 22, 2021
      earthy and grassy end
    3. MRich

      Tasted March 17, 2021
      4.0
      4.0 out of 5 stars
    4. Danil-Sibiryakov

      Tasted December 29, 2020
      3.5
      3.5 out of 5 stars
      40.0 USD per Bottle
    5. ContemplativeFox

      Tasted December 2, 2020
      I'd never tried genever before, so I wanted to try this. It was much more challenging than I'd expected. The smell and flavor strongly remind me of grappa, with some rhum agricole characteristics as well. I get musty juniper and a hint of apricot. It's actually quite complex and interesting to contemplate. I'm not sure how much I actually like the flavor though. But considering that I don't like grappa, this is perhaps a big success. Considering how interesting it is and contrasting that with its similarity to grappa, I give it a tentative thumbs up. Real tasting to come when I have a better chance to taste an analyze it.
    6. mblosser007

      Tasted November 19, 2020
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
      This is like the whiskey drinker’s gin. Very smoky, malty, woody with, of course some citrus and juniper. It’s very interesting and full bodied. Not very versatile, but makes a great old fashioned. It’s worth a purchase to add some variety to your home bar
      38.99 USD per Bottle
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    7. D_Nashvillain

      Tasted November 2, 2020
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
    8. D_Nashvillain

      Tasted November 2, 2020
      3.0
      3.0 out of 5 stars
    9. misaelf

      Tasted July 17, 2020
      3.5
      3.5 out of 5 stars
    10. piperbones

      Tasted June 22, 2020
      0.5
      0.5 out of 5 stars
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