About Barrel-Aged Genever

About Barrel-Aged Genever
Barrel-aged Genever from the Netherlands has been aged - often in small French oak barrels - for two to three years. Barrel aging adds complexity and results in genevers with a golden color and notes of yeast, pastry dough, raisin bread and crushed nuts. The finish is quite flavorful and earthy and quality is usually excellent. These are superb mixers for artisan cocktails.

Top Picks for Barrel-Aged Genever

Herman Jansen Notaris 3 Genever
94 points
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
Zuidam Rye Genever
93 points
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
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
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
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
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.