Friday, September 28, 2012

wit haven

1 oz Barrel-aged Bols Genever
1 oz Kopke White Port
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I visited Island Creek Oyster Bar. For a drink, I asked bartender Paul for the Wit Haven. The Wit Haven utilized the bottling of the Genever barrel that Jackson Cannon selected at the Bols distillery. Apparently, this is the first single-barrel bottling that Bols has done with the Genever, and the wealth is spread between the three bars that Jackson Cannon supervises.
The twist's lemon oil greeted the senses and prepared the mouth for a sweet lemon sip that contained soft white port flavors; as the drink warmed up a bit, the Genever's malt began to play a role in the sip. Much of the Genever flavors filled the swallow though that finished with a lemon note.

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