About Liqueurs from Netherlands

About Liqueurs from Netherlands
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


Hofland "Meesterbitter" Herbal Liqueur
94 points
Best Buy
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
Van Meers Stroopwafel Liqueur
87 points
Best Buy
Amber color. Toasty, nutty, attractive aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, Belgian waffles, and s’mores with a syrupy, soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed caramel-nutmeg sauce, pancake syrup, and hint of cellophane finish. A nice, nutty caramelly liqueur that will be fun to play with in cocktails.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy