Lucas Bols, the world’s oldest distilled spirits company, has announced the release of Bols Barrel Aged Genever, a new expression of Genever developed exclusively for the U.S. market. The new Bols Barrel Aged Genever is made using a 19th century recipe and aged for 18 months in oak casks. Designed with the bourbon connoisseur in mind, Bols Barrel Aged Genever embraces the wood characters of aged American whiskies while maintaining the herbaceous, juniper flavors of the original Bols Genever.
Master Distiller Piet Van Leijenhorst, the secret-recipe keeper and steward of Bols Genever for over 25 years, is always looking for new ways to bring the Dutch spirit of Genever to the world. He deemed this original 19th century Bols Genever recipe perfect for aging, a nod to the great aged-whiskey traditions of the United States while staying true to the traditional practices of making Genever.
Bols Barrel Aged Genever is made according to a recipe used by the company in the 19th century that is not only authentic, but is different from the recipe used to make Bols Genever 1820. The heart of the Barrel Aged Genever is malt wine: a rye, wheat and corn distillate, triple-distilled and made in copper pot stills. It is then blended with a bouquet of traditional Genever botanicals such as hops, cloves, anise, licorice, ginger, juniper and many otheres. Aged for 18 months in barrels from the French Limousin region, Bols Barrel Aged Genever is pale golden in color and boasts powerful wood-infused flavors. The spirit represents true craftsmanship, quality, and authentic Dutch heritage. It is meant to be enjoyed like a fine bourbon: at room temperature, with a splash of ice or water, as an aperitif, a digestive or in an old-fashioned whisky cocktail.
Bols Barrel Aged Genever will be available starting September 1, 2011 in select markets only, for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Limited quantities are available.