Genièvre de Houlle
Houlle Carte Blanche
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 9.1
Nose: Fabulous, complex and engaging. Malted grain with hay, citrus and digestive biscuits. Textbook.
Palate: Very smooth, despite the high ABV, and enjoyable to drink on its own. Dark rye, anise and mint sauce that complement the malt flavours. A little honey, combined with marmalade citrus.
Finish: Marbled rye with toasted dark sugar and a flicker of earthy bitterness.
Comments: A fine example of a genever: nuanced and a joy to drink. Best enjoyed simply on the rocks.
Felicity Murray – 7.9
Nose: Clean, fresh, malty notes mixed with freshly cut hay and wild flowers.
Palate: The high alcohol strength is very evident but the complexity of the botanical flavours filters through equally strongly with a warm and comforting mix of breakfast cereals, nuts and seeds, and a touch of anise.
Finish: The grainy flavours linger and linger.
Comments: Ideal as a cocktail base but also try mixing with soda, perhaps with a dash of bitters, or ginger ale.