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By The Dutch

By The Dutch
Old Genever

Category: Genever

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 38%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended

By The Dutch
Old Genever

Category: Genever

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 38%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: lemon poppyseed scone, banana taffy, pecan, and vanilla pods
Taste Flavor: juniper, violet candy, orange Julius, and caraway
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, on the rocks and neat
Cocktail Cocktails: Clover Club, Daiquiri Natural, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid genever for anytime sipping.

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Serve in a Rocks Glass
Genever (Jenever in Belgium) is a white spirit that is flavored with juniper berries and so-called botanicals (a varied assortment of herbs and spices). Genever is made primarily from "malt wine" (a mixture of malted barley, wheat, corn, and rye), which produces a fuller-bodied spirit similar to raw malt whisky. A small number of genevers in Holland and Belgium are distilled directly from fermented juniper berries, producing a particularly intensely flavored spirit.

The chief flavoring agent in Genever is the highly aromatic blue-green berry of the juniper, a low-slung evergreen bush (genus Juniperus) that is commercially grown in northern Italy, Croatia, the United States and Canada. Additional botanicals can include anise, angelica root, cinnamon, orange peel, coriander, and cassia bark. Genever makers have their own secret combination of botanicals, the number of which can range from as few as four to as many as 15.

Genever or Hollands is the Dutch style of Gin. Genever is distilled from a malted grain mash similar to that used for whisky. Oude ("old") Genever is the original style. It is straw-hued, relatively sweet and aromatic. Jonge ("young") Genever has a drier palate and lighter body. Some genevers are aged for one to three years in oak casks. Genevers tend to be lower proof than English gins (72-80 proof or 36-40% ABV is typical). They are usually served straight up and chilled. The classic accompaniment to a shot of Genever is a dried green herring. Genever is traditionally sold in a cylindrical stoneware crock. Genever-style gins are produced in Holland, Belgium, and Germany.