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
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Hofland
"Meesterbitter" Herbal Liqueur
Bright bronze color. Delicate, attractive, buttery aromas and flavors of sassafras, molasses spice cake, toasted citrus and mint, and cumin spiced nuts with a satiny, bright, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long bitter barks and roots, cola, pepper, and earth finish. A vibrant, stimulating, and well balanced herbal liqueur that would be a good introduction to the category.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Van Gogh
Double Espresso Vodka
Dark brown brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate coffee beans, toasted marshmallow, and mocha gelato with a silky, mild sweet medium body and a long, cappuccino, peppery spice, sweet vanilla cream, and wet stone finish. A delicious coffee vodka that will be fantastic in cocktails.
94 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207162
Van Gogh
Dutch Caramel Vodka
Pale Amber color. Aromas of caramel cake, toasted coconut, and mocha gelato with a Velvety, Fruity Sweet Medium-to-Full body and a Smooth maple custard, and brown spices finish. A delicious caramel vodka with lots of nuance and vibrancy.
94 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214602
Zuidam
Dutch Courage Dry Gin
Clear color. Delicate, interesting, fruity spicy aromas and flavors of cherry cola, spicy cranberry nut bread, toasted herbs and sesame, and pine sap and needle with an even, vibrant, dryish medium body and a peppery, complex, long dusty juniper, sweet spicy berry custard, pepper, and earth finish. A rich, well-structured gin with an attractive creamy center.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Before Gin
Genever
Pale golden yellow slivery straw color. Delicate, artificial, grainy aromas and flavors of raisin bran, grain flour, cashew brittle, and straw with a soft, fruity medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-long mossy earth, minerals, honeyed radish, and chili pepper finish. A very lively and stimulating genever with a peppery snap.
93 points $37.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Van Gogh
Melon Vodka
Clear color. Rich honeydew melon aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity sweet medium body a tangy mint simple syrup, pear, and mineral accented finish. A delicious and purely flavored melon vodka.
93 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Van Gogh
Cool Peach Vodka
Clear. Interesting aromas of spicy peach vinaigrette and chutney with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a warming lemongrass herb muffin, spearmint gum, menthol, melon, and cherry accented finish. A unique, lively, and flavorful melange of peach, herb and mint elements that will be make innovative cocktails
93 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bols
Genever
Clear color. Mild, grainy aromas and flavors of frosted raisin bran and pastry dough with a silky, shy, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, appealing, medium-length nut and juniper oil, candied violets, dried citrus, and mixed peppercorns finish. A classically styled, mellow and elegant genever for sipping.
92 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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De Borgen
Dutch Cornwyn Gin
Pale amber color. Bright, grassy, creamy aromas and flavors of cereal in milk, cherry-cranberry bread dough, and figs with a glycerous, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length flour, minerals, and pepper finish. A warming, mellow, whisky-like barrel-aged genever for cocktails.
92 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Bols
Amaretto Liqueur
Deep amber copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of marzipan, honey, and white pepper with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of pepper, minerals, and burnt sugar. A solid amaretto for mixing.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab