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

Dutchcraft Vodka
96 points
Best Buy
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
Bols Barrel Aged Genever
95 points
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 finish displaying touches of 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.
Awards: 2017 Best Genever
95 points $44.99
By The Dutch Dry Gin
94 points
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.
Hanami Dry Gin
93 points
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
Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin
93 points
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 finish with notes of dusty juniper, sweet spicy berry custard, pepper, and earth finish. A rich, well-structured gin with an attractive creamy center.
93 points $29.99
De Borgen Old Style Genever
93 points
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 finish that shows elements of mossy earth, minerals, honeyed radish, and chili pepper finish. A very lively and stimulating genever with a peppery snap.
93 points $39.99
Effen Vodka
92 points
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
Bols Genever
92 points
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 finish that exhibits notes of 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
De Borgen Malt Genever
92 points
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 finish with accents of flour, minerals, and pepper finish. A warming, mellow, whisky-like barrel-aged genever for cocktails.
92 points $44.99
Sloane’s Premium Distilled Dry Gin
91 points
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