About Dutch Spirits

About Dutch Spirits
Gin and juniper-flavored spirits are an important part of the spirits industry of the Netherlands; Dutch soldiers in the 16th century were given genever to help them in their battles against opposing forces. The Dutch gins are very flavorful and elegant, often made with ingredients from countries as varied as Italy, Morocco and Indonesia. Genevers, produced long before the more commercial gins in the country, tend to be even spicier and more distinctive.

There are a few large distillers in the Netherlands that make fruit and nut liqueurs that are exported to many countries around the world. Flavored vodkas are also made here and exported; these are moderately priced vodkas for mixing.

Top Picks for Netherlands

By The Dutch Dry Gin
94 points
$48
Clear color. Attractive, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossom, yellow rose and lavender waters, a cornucopia of ripe tropical fruits, ginger bubblegum, and cardamon herbed fennel with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long finish that exhibits accents of spiced fruit and carrot cakes, nutskin, edible flowers, and flour wedding cookies finish. A superb floral, Asian-accented gin with instant appeal and great versatility.
Ketel One Vodka
93 points
$18.99
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of hints of fresh cream, glacial ice, and vanilla pod with a silky, crisp, light body and a tingling, breezy finish manifesting notes of lemon pepper on water cracker finish. A clean, crisp, smooth-sipping vodka for a great martini.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Effen Vodka
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of dry cereal grain and sand with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, sparse rye crisp and cornichon finish. An unabashedly neutral vodka in a mixer-friendly dry style that leaves all options open.
92 points $29.99
Sloane’s Premium Distilled Dry Gin
91 points
$21.99
Best Buy
Brilliant clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon verbena, white pepper, cracked juniper, and lime peel with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length bay leaf, orange flower, lavender, black tea, castelvetrano olive, and vanilla taffy finish. A nice peppery, delicate and herbal gin that will make a great martini.
91 points $21.99 Best Buy
Van Gogh Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, lemon oil, and wax with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, cheery finish that exhibits notes of dried apple and parchment finish. A zesty, peppery vodka well-suited to Bloody Marys.
90 points $24.99
Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Amber color. Roasted aromas of roasted coffee and hazelnut coffee creamer with a satiny, bright, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery tootsie roll, tiramisu, and iced chocolate cake finish. Rich aromas and creamy flavors make this a natural choice for sweet martinis.
90 points $24.99
Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
89 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of coffee fudge, caramel creme candies, and maple long john donut with a satiny, crisp, very sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-length dulce de leche finish. A smooth and tasty, caramelly liqueur-like vodka that will make decadent dessert cocktails.
89 points $24.99
Effen Cucumber Vodka
87 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of watermelon, cucumbers in olive oil, gazpacho, and banana cookies with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length watermelon rind, honey, and barley finish. A smooth and mild cucumber vodka that adds instant style to cocktails.
87 points $29.99
Damrak Amsterdam Gin
87 points
$22.99
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of orange hi-c, lime sorbet, dried mint, and orange creamsicle with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of green peppercorn and taffy finish. An orangey gin for summer coolers.
87 points $22.99
By The Dutch Old Genever
87 points
$45
Pale straw color. Aromas of lemon poppyseed scone, banana taffy, pecan, and vanilla pods with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length juniper, violet candy, orange Julius, and caraway finish. A solid genever for anytime sipping.