About Dutch Spirits

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

Herman Jansen Notaris 3 Genever
94 points
$42
Golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of saddle leather and soap, caramelized pecans, buttered toast, and cheese rind with a velvety, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish revealing accents of cinnamon roll with nuts, pepper, sarsaparilla spritzer, and limestone. A lively, leathery tongue-tingling Aged Genever that will pop in cocktails.
Awards: 2021 Best Genever
Herman Jansen Notaris Bartenders Choice Genever
93 points
$32
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of brown buttered walnuts, cake flour and dough, and suede with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish that shows accents of raisin-fig bran muffin with caraway, powdered milk and farina, dried fruits, and wheat grass and sweet tobacco. A nicely layered Genever that will provide complexity in cocktails.
Zuidam Rye Genever
93 points
$39
Golden straw color. Aromas of dill pickle, spicy fruitcake and banana cake, and kid leather with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long caramelized ginger and tropical fruits, butter pecan gelato, and sassafras float finish. A robust well-aged Genever with lots of spicy herbal character for sipping or cocktails.
Zuidam Old 3 Barrel Rested Genever
92 points
$39
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramel kefir, cajeta with plantains, pineapple-mango chutney, and herbs and nettles with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, long finish with notes of horchata, cream of wheat with maple and milk, sweet and peppery spices, and cola. A seamless and satisfying aged Genever with complex, finely meshed flavors and a long warming finish; a Genever for Whisky fans.
Van Gogh Vodka
90 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of glacial ice, meyer lemon zest, and hints of creamy almond milk with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a polished, long finish. Purity, vibrance and length make this a highly recommended vodka.
Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka
90 points
$28
Dark mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of roast coffee beans, whipped cream, and toffee with a velvety, vibrant, sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long finish with notes of hints of cacao nibs. A sweet, rounded coffee-flavored vodka; combine this with a splash of cream liqueur for a decadent after dinner cocktail.
Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
89 points
$28
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salted caramel, chocolate-covered toffee, kettle corn, and maple with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish imparting notes of hot buttered rum. A rich caramel vodka that will take your dessert cocktail game to new indulgent heights.
Zuidam Old 5 Barrel Rested Genever
89 points
$44
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spumoni ice cream, buttery cashew brittle, and barrel-aged vanilla pod and saffron with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of creme anglaise, caramelized nuts, malted chocolate, and leather. A smooth and even Genever that will appeal to Blended Bourbon and Scotch fans.
Herman Jansen Notaris Bartenders Choice Rome Genever
89 points
$49
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla toffee, buttery dark roasted nuts, cedar, and whisky barrel with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish evoking notes of cashew milk on raisin bran, spiced nuts and dates, cola, and pepper. A rock-solid Aged Genever that will be versatile.
Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka
88 points
$28
Steely purple color. Candied aromas and flavors of sweet grape bubble gum, blackberry smoothie, and acai with a supple, bright, off-dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish. A fruity and sweet yet grown-up flavored vodka for festively hued cocktails.