About Belgian Spirits

Gin - or more correctly, genever - is Belgium's most important spirit. There are two main styles - old and young - that are based, not on the length of aging, but rather on specific distillations techniques; the young is more neutral in character, while the old has more of a maltiness.

Belgian gin often displays notes of yeast and pastry dough, with the older having an earthier, more honeyed finish, as opposed to the younger gin being cleaner in style. In Belgium, they are often served from an ice-cold bottle and sipped neat.
Top Picks for Belgium
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Atomic
Master Distillers Explosive Strength Gin
Clear color. Complex aromas and flavors of coated licorice candy, lemon poppyseed muffin, piney resinous herbs, and warm milk and honey with an oily, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, very long cracked peppercorns, fresh juniper, honeyed spice cake, and dried stone and citrus fruits finish. A powerfully delicious, expertly crafted, overproof gin with surprising smoothness and nuance.
95 points $49.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Gemblue
Gin
Clear color. Bold, interesting, nutty aromas of cashew brittle, bread dough, nut and mineral oils, and pepper dust with a satiny, shy, dryish medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length juniper jelly, dried flowers and stone fruits, piney herbs, and spice cream finish. A very elegant and restrained gin for sophisticated cocktails, particularly flips.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Cosmik
Pure Diamond Vodka
Bright clear color. Mild, citrusy aromas of lemon candy and pastry with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, quick waxy honeycomb, lemon custard, and minerals finish. A zesty, refreshing vodka that will mix well.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab