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Bols

It all started in the year 1575, when the Bols family founded their company in what were then the outskirts of Amsterdam. Beside a clear brook they built a wooden shed to store the ingredients and in the open air he erected a copper potstill. This was the beginning of the development of a whole range of spirits that have made the name Bols famous around the world. It is the beginning of the Golden Age. Dutch seafaring merchants have started to return from their far travels with fragrant spices and flavourings. And many of these spices and flavourings were used by Lucas Bols to create his masterpieces. There was cinnamon from Asia, orange-blossom and citrus fruits from the Mediterranean and Caribbean, cloves from Africa, vanilla beans from Tahiti, curacao peels from the Caribbean and later from Spain, rose-oil from Bulgaria and coffee from Colombia. As Amsterdam was the centre of the spice trade, Lucas and his descendants had the first pick and from the choice ingredients thus obtained they composed wonderful liqueurs, and later Genevers, that quickly became popular in many corners of the world. Some of these early liqueurs such as Creme de Ciel (Blue Curacao), Creme de Violette (Parfait Amour) and Brides Tears (Gold Liqueur) are still around today and as popular as ever. Around 1612, Amsterdam had already grown to such an extent that Bols little shed (t Lootsje) was now situated inside the city walls. Bols put up a stout stone structure in place of the wooden shed. But the name remained t Lootsje and the building can still be seen on the Rozengracht (Rose Canal). Until 1816 the distilleries remained in the hands of the family and the secret and successful recipes were passed on from father to son. But in that year the direct family line died out and the company was sold, on the strict condition that the name Bols would always be associated with it. It is from that time that the company has called itself The heirs of Lucas Bols (Erven Lucas Bols). Year after year Bols sold more and more of its liqueurs and genevers until finally in the 1960s further expansion in Amsterdam became impossible and the company had to move to Nieuw-Vennep, a village just south of Amsterdam and 15 years later moved again, this time to Zoetermeer, where we are today. Today Bols is a much different concern from its humble beginnings at the end of the sixteenth century. Bols Distilleries is an international corporation with operating companies in Europe and The Americas. That Lucas Bols understood that growing popularity is based on constant quality becomes evident in the familys coat of arms, which bears the Latin motto Semper Idem;always the same. To the master distiller of today this means that he is committed to composing liqueurs, genevers and other spirits of the same high quality every day. His craftsmanship is now backed up by a system of strict quality controls, both technical and organoleptic. But one thing never changed. For Lucas Bols did more than found a company, which was to become a worldwide operation; he started a tradition of quality. Summed up in words which have become the companys guiding principle: Do not mutilate nature. Guide her to perfection.

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  1. Bols Corenwijn 4 Jaar Gelagerd 1Ltr
    £34.99

    A superior jenever corenwyn (corn wine), this authentic Dutch jenever is aged for 4 years in Limousin oak barrels before it is bottled. This ageing gives the jenever a beautiful golden colour and a slightly sweeter taste than usual with a...
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  2. Bols corenwyn 6 Jaar Gelagerd 1Ltr
    £36.99

    This is the jewel of the Bols jenever corenwyn (corn wine) range, this authentic Dutch jenever has been matured for 6 years in limousin oak barrels before...
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  3. Bols Genever Gin 70cl
    £25.99

    Bols Genever is the original Dutch spirit, created from lightly distilled Dutch grains and a complex botanical mix. It is the high content of a unique grain distillate called malt wine that gives Bols Genever its characteristic smooth malty...
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  4. Bols Raspberry Liqueur 50cl
    £9.69

    Bols Raspberry is a deep red liqueur made with real, natural flavoured raspberries. Directly extracted and distilled this fruity liqueur has a sour palate with a tart and sweet finish....
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  5. Bols Triple Sec Orange Liqueur 50cl
    £14.99

    Oranges from the island of Curacao dominate the taste of Bols Triple Sec Orange Liqueur. A crystal clear liquid, ideal for cocktail creations with the classic orange tasting...
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  6. Bols Yoghurt Liqueur 50cl
    £12.09

    Bols Yoghurt Liqueur is a creamy, sweet liqueur, reminsicent of fresh yoghurt; a sweet slighty tangy taste. Perfect for fruity or chocolate...
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  7. Bols Lychee Liqueur 50cl
    £10.79

    Bols Lychee Liqueur is an exciting blend of fine spirits and lychee. It promises a gentle, smooth and authentic taste of the Far East. Perfect to add to a martini, or simply enjoy on its own. Try in a variety of...
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  8. Bols Cherry Cherry Brandy 50cl
    £11.19

    Vibrant and rich, Bols Cherry Brandy liqueur is created using fresh Eastern European cherries, brandy and carefully selected herbs and spices to give a full, fruity cherry flavour with subtle hints of amaretto....
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  9. Bols Apricot Brandy 50cl
    £11.69

    Bols have taken their brandy and infused it with rich, fruity apricots to produce this wonderful drink. A heady combination of fruit and alcohol, enjoy this neat or in...
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  10. Bols Dry Orange Curacao Liqueur 50cl
    £12.69

    Sweet and fruity, Bols Dry Orange Curacao liqueur is produced using distillates of Curacao orange peels with traces of rum and mildly bitter herbs, leaving a rich, fruity sweetness and dry finish. Perfect alone or in rum-based cocktails....
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  11. Bols Creme de Cassis Blackcurrent Liqueur 50cl
    £9.69

    Rich and fruity, Bols Crème de Cassis liqueur is created using an infusion of authentic French-grown blackcurrants giving a full and intense blackcurrant flavour with slightly acidic citrus notes leaving a sweet fruity taste....
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  12. Bols Creme de Cacao Brown Liqueur 50cl
    £11.59

    Dark and rich, Bols Crème de Cacao Brown liqueur is created using the finest cacao beans and carefully selected herbs, giving an intense, rich flavour of dark chocolate, orange and vanilla....
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  13. Bols Strawberry Liqueur 50cl
    £9.59

    Bols Strawberry Liqueur is a mix of the finest ingredients, a distillate of refreshing citrus fruit and real strawberry juice. This luscious strawberry liqueur is great on the rocks or in any number of cocktails such as a Rainbow Sherbet....
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  14. Bols Curacao Blue Liqueur 50cl
    £11.09

    With its distinctive blue colour and sweet orange taste coming from its unique blend of oranges from the Island of Curaçao, Bols Curaçao Blue is a classic addition to many...
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  15. Bols Creme de Menthe Mint Liqueur 50cl
    £11.69

    Bols Crème de Menthe Peppermint liqueur is created using only the freshest mint leaves to give the full, fresh flavour and aroma of peppermint leaving a rejuvenating lingering...
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  16. Bols Creme de Cacao White Liqueur 50cl
    £11.49

    Bols Crème de Cacao White liqueur is created using the finest distilled cacao beans giving a light and creamy, milk chocolate flavour as opposed to a bitter, dark chocolate flavour, making Bols Crème de Cacao White liqueur...
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  17. Bols Creme de Bananes Banana Liqueur 50cl
    £10.79

    Created using real sun-ripened bananas, Bols Crème de Bananes is one of the best selling banana liqueurs with a taste enhanced with soft vanilla and almond flavours. A tropical banana liqueur, perfect for cocktails and long...
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