Bols Zeer Oude Genever
Bols // Netherlands
This Zeer Oude (very old) from Bols is not referring to age of the product, but rather the old style of making genever. It is made from 100% grain and botanicals are not disclosed. This is bottled at 35% ABV and sold throughout Europe, primarily in the Netherlands and Spain.
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.
"Displaying a nice maltiness, accompanied by resin, pine sap and a distinct juniper aroma. Finally there's some cumin. The palate is fresh and subtle. The grain isn't in the lead, but it's always there as a base for the botanicals to shine on, such as aniseed and licorice. The juniper notes linger. An oude genever that delivers exactly what you'd want it to."