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

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.
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.
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.
Zuidam Old 1 Barrel Rested Genever
88 points
$24
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of flan and cookie, chocolate toffee and pudding, tres leches cake, and hint of dill with a silky, soft, dryish medium body and a warming, medium-long finish with nuances of sweet cream and ghee, spiced nuts, and cherry cola. A mellow, creamy Genever that will be a nice even canvas for cocktails.
Damrak Amsterdam Gin
86 points
$22
Clear color. Confected, citrusy aromas and flavors of orange jelly candies, Tang, and buttered cranberry orange bread toast with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium finish evoking notes of orange bran muffin, wet stones, berry rooibos tea, and pepper dust. A pleasant, low-key Gin that will appeal to Vodka drinkers.
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
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