Bloed, Zweet & Tranen (Blood, sweat, & tears) – Brouwerij de Molen, 8.2% ABV, (Bodegraven, Holland)
- My Rating: B
- Why I like it: full-roast without the major heaviness
- Where I got it: Bin 104
- How much: $6 , 33cl, May/2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Tasting notes: pours black with a shade of brown, massive foamy head, very long retention with lots of active CO2 streams. Major peat on the nose. Tastes of peat up front, heavy malts, bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and finishes with a long deep bitter finish. Medium-high complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Light viscosity compared to a lot of dark roasted beers, this one is closer to water.
Boomsma Jonge (Young) Genever Gin, 40% ABV (Holland)
Info from wiki:
- also know as Jenever, a juniper-based spirit from the Netherlands and Germany
- used to be distilled from malt wine, with juniper and other herbs added to mask the yucky flavour
- split between two types oude (old) and jonge (young)
- jonge using grain spirits while oude using malt wine, etc
- My Rating: C
- Why I kinda like it: mixable not sippable
- Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
- How much: $30, 750ml
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, prefer the depth of gin
- Would I recommend this to gin afficianados: No
Tasting Notes (straight, room temp): pours with extreme clear purity. Strong juniper and tickles and numbs the nose. Thicker than water viscosity, immediate warmth in the mouth and in the tongue, which then quickly travels up the nasal cavity. 3/10-sweetness level, mainly juniper, and then the flood of warmth and 7/10 alcohol burn.
Cocktail recipe from the Boomsma website:
Young & Fresh
- 35ml Boomsma Jonge
- 25ml Melon Liqueur (used Midori)
- 5ml fresh lemon juice
- 5ml simple syrup
- 1/8 Cantaloupe (next time will try honey dew)
Tasting Notes: (Rating: B) intesting combo of melon, gin and cantaloupe = tangerine-like flavour and smooth but on the salty side due to the cantaloupe; otherwise it’s a good balance of freshness, sweetness, mellow drinking, and citrus. Will try with a honeydew melon.
Van Gogh Blue, 750ml 40% ABV, Holland
Introducing Van Gogh’s premium triple distilled, triple European wheat vodka. It includes a combination of wheat from the middle of France, southern Germany, and Dutch wheat from Zeeland. First sold in 2008.
Notes From Tim Vos, Master Distiller
“The exceptional triple wheat Van Gogh Blue offers subtle flavors of grains from three countries, each bringing their own unique characteristics to the spirit. In Holland, the wheat is cultivated near the Dutch coast and is therefore a bit salty and dry from the maritime influence. The harvest in France comes from the center of the country and possesses a sweeter profile. While in Germany, the wheat is grown in an area where the water comes from the melted ice of a nearby mountain, providing the grain with a mineral taste. The aftertaste delivers a delicate and consistent essence of wheat grains and some minerality for a dry and polished finish.”
- pretty image-in-bottle effect
- screw-cap sealed (as opposed to Grey Goose synthetic cork)
- Where I got it: Sherbrooke
- How much: <$40 (after 10%), ~$2 per shot
- Drinkability: Easy-Medium
Tasting Notes (Oct 27/2011)
If not for the master distiller’s notes above, I really wouldn’t know what to look for. So, in comparing it to the French wheat Grey Goose, the sweetness is definitely present. There is a salty edge at the start that rounds out the flavour and slides down the sides the of tongue. The mineral notes add complexity on the top of the tongue and finishes slightly salty. The ethyl burn is rather mild and travels upstream through the nasal cavity and quickly vanishes.
-Compared to Grey Goose: not as sweet, more complex, slightly more burn, less warmth down the throat.
Rating as an (interesting) liquor: B
Rating as a vodka: A