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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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
207601
Bols
Amaretto Liqueur
Deep amber copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of marzipan, honey, and white pepper with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of pepper, minerals, and burnt sugar. A solid amaretto for mixing.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207599
Bols
Elderflower Liqueur
Pale golden straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of perfume and lychee with a silky, soft, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, refreshing, breezy finish with notes of honey and rose water. A nicely balanced floral liqueur that will be fun to mix with.
88 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217374
Van Meers
Stroopwafel Liqueur
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207600
Bols
Melon Liqueur
Bright emerald color. Rich aromas and flavors of honeydew melon with a silky, soft, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with accents of pepper and mineral. Nice clean melon flavor for mixing.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207598
Bols
Yogurt Liqueur
Opaque pure white color. Yeasty aromas of goat’s milk yogurt, delicate creamy caramel, and kaffir with a creamy, tangy, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length honey Greek yogurt finish. An interesting tangy yogurt liqueur for cocktails.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207814
Bols
Blue Curaçao
Electric cobalt blue color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toasted meringue, orange custard, and white sugar with a glycerous, bright, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of pepper and minerals. A decent Curaçao like liqueur for cocktails.
81 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab