Some exciting news from Lucas Bols. Folks who’ve read my work will know that I’m quickly becoming quite the genever geek, so this pleases me immensely! But I’d better not get too excited because it’s only in six markets and there will only be 200 cases available.
Lucas Bols announced that for the first time its original-recipe, 100% Malt Spirit expression will be available in select U.S. markets beginning Feb. 1.
Just 200 cases of 750ml bottles of Bols 100% Malt Spirit will ship to New York, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas. Suggested retail price is $69.99. The product is bottled at 47% ABV.
Bols 100% Malt Spirit is made using the original recipe that the brand’s distillers bottled more than 350 years ago as a medicinal product rather than a recreational one. Bols 100% Malt Spirit is distilled from long fermented corn, rye, and wheat with juniper berries. This combination delivers a balance of malty smoothness and complexity on the palate with grainy, grassy notes and sweet honey as well as undertones of green apple and fresh citrus.
Last month I attended Bar Convent Berlin 2017, one of the bar and beverage industry’s largest international trade shows. There was a lot to cram into two days, and even more to try to stuff into a four-and-a-half-minute video. Among the elements that made the cut: The Genever District, Japanese gin and some vodkas that get back to their moonshine-y roots. I also reacquaint myself with some old herbal and bitter favorites that appear in my new book, The Drinkable Globe (Now available! Buy here!)
Just a quick tweak to the cover of my upcoming book coming this fall from Turner Publishing. It’s now called “The Drinkable Globe: The Indispensable Guide to the World Wide of Booze. Pre-order it now and! Amazon is selling it, at least temporarily, for the extremely low price of $11.85! Get it before the price climbs back up.
One of the greatest boozy adventures I’ve enjoyed over the past year has been getting better acquainted with genever (or jenever, if you prefer). Last summer in New Orleans, Myriam hendrickx, master distiller at Rutte Distillery in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, spoken on a panel at Tales of the Cocktail. I was so intrigued by the spirit and the charming distillery Hendrickx operates that I just had to visit it—which I did in February. But just before my visit, this article in Draft magazine went to press.