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october 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  1 19 EARNING ITS STRIPES: WHITE TIGER VODKA Just anointed with a 92-point score from THE TASTING PANEL, this new cat is on the prowl. Water from Sikhote- Alin mountain in the Amur River basin—one of the ten biggest waterways in the world—remains ecologically clean to this day and provides the liquid base for this Russian vodka. White Tiger is made from 50 percent winter wheat and 50 percent rye, twice-distilled and dedicated to the Amur tigers: A portion of funds from consumer sales go to support these animals in their Russian forest habitat. The Bets Are In: "An unctuous vodka with a massive heart, but it's still balanced and tastes of grass, white tea, white pepper and sweet wheat bread. The cocktail purrs when you mix in the compote."—Raul Faria, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill "It's got a good story behind it and a great cause in helping the animals in the Russian forest. The vodka is creamy, wheaty and quite clean with a meaty mouthfeel and a spicy finish. The ingredients in the drink do not camouflage the unique profile of the vodka, but do add a sweetness that makes it refreshing."—Jeff Evans, N9NE Steakhouse at The Palms SIBERIAN SNOW CAT ♣ 2 oz. White Tiger Vodka ♣ ¾ oz. Lillet Blanc ♣ ¾ oz. lemon juice ♣ ½ oz. white tea and ginger syrup ♣ Lace glass with blackberry and black peppercorn compote ♣ Candied ginger garnish DUTCH GROG ♥ 1½ oz. oz. Bols Genever ♥ 1 oz. Bols Crème de Banana Liqueur ♥ ¾ oz. lime juice ♥ ¾ oz. grapefruit juice ♥ 4 dashes Jamaican Bitters #2 ♥ 2 oz. soda water White Tiger Brand Owner Ilia Lerner with Mixologist Daniel "Double-D" DeAnda-Fast. HIGH ROLLER IN GIN CITY: BOLS GENEVER Before there was gin, there was genever. The Dutch predecessor of modern-day gin, genever's base spirit is white-dog whiskey or "malt wine." Today, Bols offers two genevers: Bols Genever and Bols Genever Barrel Aged. Both are still made according to the original 1820 Lucas Bols recipe. The malty flavor comes from using over 50 percent malt wine, which is made from long- fermented rye, corn and wheat, triple-distilled in copper pot stills. This malt wine is then blended with a carefully selected distillate of botanicals and brought to 42% ABV. The Bets Are In: "The malty tones of Bols Genever remind me of Scotch, but also yeasty (wet clay), musk and redolent of baking bread—very Old World. The cocktail in all its tiki glory is refresh- ing with high-toned honey tones. The fresh mint tickles the nose and all the ingredients play well with the genever, bringing out its herbal compo- nents."—Mariena Mercer, The Cosmopolitan "There are so many layers of complex flavors in Bols Genever, from pine nuts to citrus peel to yeast. And coconut. As a whisky drinker, I can confess that this drink satisfies my taste—it's refreshing and has that malty component with a touch of the tropical."—Josh Monisavis, NOBU Hard Rock Anthony Pullen is National Brand Ambassador for Bols Genever.

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