About Gin and Genever from Netherlands

About Gin  and  Genever 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

Gin and Genever

Bols Barrel Aged Genever
95 points
$44.99
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
$48
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
$26.99
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
Sloane’s Premium Distilled Dry Gin
91 points
$21.99
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
Damrak Amsterdam Gin
87 points
$22.99
Clear color. Candied aromas and flavors of orange hi-c, lime sorbet, dried mint, and orange creamsicle with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy finish with notes of green peppercorn and taffy finish. An orangey gin for summer coolers.
87 points $22.99
By The Dutch Old Genever
87 points
$45
Pale straw color. Aromas of lemon poppyseed scone, banana taffy, pecan, and vanilla pods with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length juniper, violet candy, orange Julius, and caraway finish. A solid genever for anytime sipping.
Copley London Dry Gin
86 points
$16.99
Clear color. Sweet aromas and flavors of fruit punch, yuzu, orgeat, lime sweetarts candies, and creme de violette with a glycerous, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, easy finish with touches of raspberry confection finish. A candied, hyper-floral gin for cocktail play; vivid and contemporary.
86 points $16.99
Damrak Gin
86 points
$21.99
Gin
Clear color. Confected aromas and flavors of orange Julius, meringue cookies, peppermint, and jasmine with a glycerous, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, fast finish that shows suggestions of ripe apple, green peppercorn, and rosemary finish. A coating, fruity gateway gin for mixed drinks.
86 points $21.99
Balfour Street Gin
84 points
$19.99
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of lemon candle, grains of paradise, dillweed, and juniper with a glycerous, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-long lemon oil finish. A pervasive citrus note reigns in this mixable gin.
84 points $19.99