Pisang Ambon - The Original Green Banana Liqueur

Difford's Guide
Discerning Drinkers (3 ratings)

alc./vol: 17%

Proof: 34°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of Netherlands Netherlands


A Dutch banana-flavoured liqueur with other fruits and herbs, supposedly to an old Indonesian recipe. 'Pisang' means banana and Ambon Island is part of the Maluku Islands of Indonesia where one of the key crops are bananas. Hence, the name of this liqueur is said to refer to "banana island."

In early 2021, Bols released a new recipe Pisang Ambon which they say has "a natural, more intense and more complex banana experience" and an upgrade in packaging.

The new recipe is made with natural banana flavour (instead of the previous artificial banana flavour) combining three different banana flavour profiles, "to enrich the banana taste." This reformulation also saw a dramatic nearly one-fifth lowering of alcohol strength from 21% to 17% alc./vol..

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 12/02/2022


Clear, lurid emerald green.


Pungent banana chews and candied banana.


Sweet banana chews and baked banana with balancing acidity and subtle herbal spice.


Long confectionery, baked banana.


Hardly sophisticated but I'm not sure it sets out to be. Pisang Ambon has a very pronounced banana chew flavour along with a vibrant green colour - a combination used to good effect in cocktails. What the new formulation has lost in alcohol strength it has gained in the strength of that confected banana flavour.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 8716000968869
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Pisang Ambon

Produced by: Lucas Bols Distillery
UK distribution by: Maverick Drinks
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