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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Dutchcraft
Vodka
Clear color. Clean aromas of electrical charge, porcelain, and rainwater with a velvety, vibrant, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long underripe pineapple, whipped cream, mint jelly, and dried strawberries finish. A clean, nuanced and graceful vodka that hits the spot.
96 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219299
Bols
Barrel Aged Genever
Pale light gold color. Earthy, malty aromas and flavors of fruit and nut granola, juniper candy, rose petal jam and pineapple agua fresca, and cinnamon stick and suede with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, long peach oatmeal with brown sugar and honey almond, caramel dipped salted pretzel, borjomi mineral water, and cocoa nib finish. A satisfying and rich genever for sipping and cocktails; endless possibilities.
95 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Van Gogh
Dutch Caramel Vodka
Bright light copper color. Confected, creamy, buttery aromas of caramel latte and melted butter with an oily, sweet full body and an effortless, long salted caramel frosting finish. This on-trend, rock-solid caramel vodka will be a crowd pleaser in hot winter warmers.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218458
Van Gogh
Double Espresso Vodka
Dark dark brown color. Aromas of boxed cake mix and brownie batter with a thick, vibrant, very sweet medium-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length mocha fudge, brownie, and powdered sugar finish. A rich mocha-like vodka for after-dinner cocktails.
94 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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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
219175
Hanami
Dry Gin
Clear color. Floral, piney aromas of Douglas fir collection, lavender bush and lychee, fresh cracked coriander, and herb garden and lime peel with a glycerous, crisp, fruity light body and a warming, compelling, medium-length orgeat and fruit punch, juniper burst, lemongrass, and barbecue seasoning finish. Classic botanicals combine with a contemporary state of mind in this cocktail-worthy gin.
93 points $26.99
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
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 $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207163
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 $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab