About Barrel-Aged Genever

Serve in a Rocks Glass
Barrel-aged Genever from the Netherlands has been aged - often in small French oak barrels - for two to three years. Barrel aging adds complexity and results in genevers with a golden color and notes of yeast, pastry dough, raisin bread and crushed nuts. The finish is quite flavorful and earthy and quality is usually excellent. These are superb mixers for artisan cocktails.
Top Picks for Barrel-Aged Genever
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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
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
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