A few days ago I happened upon what appears to be a moderately old bottle of Bols Creme de Noyaux for sale in a nearby neighborhood liquor store. I purchased it, of course. Here’s a photo:
I’ve been trying to date it based on some of the clues I found on the bottle. These are:
- Sealed with “Bureau of ATF” tax stamp. (See photo below.)
- Produced and bottled in Louisville, KY.
- Label indicates “certified colour added” on front label. (N.B. British spelling of “color”). All other label text in Dutch.
- Glass impressed with volume of bottle on back: “3/4 QUART.” (See photo below.)
- Bottom of bottle impressed with text: “ERVEN LUCAS BOLS LIQUOR BOTTLE” and the number “60 78” plus a couple of other symbols I cannot make out very clearly.
I’m guessing it’s at least 25 years old since as best as I can determine the very last tax stamps were used in 1985. I’m also guessing it may be colored with cochineal rather than a completely artificial coloring. (It’s actually rather lurid looking.) Certainly this isn’t any sort of pre-Prohibition treasure but it’s definitely got an historical feel about it. If anyone can help me refine these guesses, leave a comment or drop me a line.
Oh, and yes, I opened and tasted it. Intense marzipan flavor with a distinct bitter finish. I can’t figure out if the finish is from the flavoring (peach pit kernels would definitely give you that) or from the coloring.