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.
Effen Vodka
92 points
$29.99
Clear color. Aromas of dry cereal grain and sand with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, sparse rye crisp and cornichon finish. An unabashedly neutral vodka in a mixer-friendly dry style that leaves all options open.
92 points $29.99
Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Amber color. Roasted aromas of roasted coffee and hazelnut coffee creamer with a satiny, bright, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery tootsie roll, tiramisu, and iced chocolate cake finish. Rich aromas and creamy flavors make this a natural choice for sweet martinis.
90 points $24.99
Van Gogh Vodka
90 points
$24.99
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of cedar, lemon oil, and wax with a supple, bright, dry light body and a peppery, cheery finish that exhibits notes of dried apple and parchment finish. A zesty, peppery vodka well-suited to Bloody Marys.
90 points $24.99
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 Double Espresso Vodka
89 points
$24.99
Golden amber color. Aromas of coffee fudge, caramel creme candies, and maple long john donut with a satiny, crisp, very sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-length dulce de leche finish. A smooth and tasty, caramelly liqueur-like vodka that will make decadent dessert cocktails.
89 points $24.99