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
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
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
214412
De Borgen
Old Style 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 $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214413
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
214410
De Borgen
Malt Genever
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 $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214411
De Borgen
New Style Genever
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas of sweet pickle, fig and lemon paste, and bbq spices with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length vanilla mint yogurt, macadamia nougat, anise, and cajeta finish. A fun, flavor ride of a genever for lively cocktails.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214603
Balfour Street
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Delicate, floral, grassy aromas and flavors of lemon verbena and basil, lemon pudding cake, fruit loops, and pickled melon with a silky, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length candied violets, earl grey tea with cream, and minerals finish. A bright, punchy gin with nice lemon and pepper notes that will cut through in cocktails.
88 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219298
Damrak
Gin
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple jacks in milk, citric acid, dried orange peels and vanilla, and orange blossom water with a silky, tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a hot, breezy lemongrass, berry candy, lemon drops, and cinnamon cream finish. A creamy gin with big fruity notes.
86 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab