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Herman Jansen

Herman Jansen
Notaris Bartenders Choice Genever

Category: Genever

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 47%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32

Herman Jansen
Notaris Bartenders Choice Genever

Category: Genever

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 47%
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.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Mild & Complex
Aroma Aroma: brown buttered walnuts, cake flour and dough, and suede
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of raisin-fig bran muffin with caraway, powdered milk and farina, dried fruits, and wheat grass and sweet tobacco
Smoothness Smoothness: Tingling
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat and with cigars
Cocktail Cocktails: Breakfast Martini, French 75, French 75
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely layered genever that will provide complexity in cocktails.

The Importer

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Genever

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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 (called malt wine) similar to that used for whisky. Oude ("old") Genever is the original style. Straw-hued, relatively sweet and aromatic, it must contain at least 15% malt wine and no more than 20 grams per liter of sugar. Jonge ("young") Genever has a drier palate and lighter body, it must consist of no more than 15% malt wine, and no more than 10 grams per liter of sugar. Some genevers, typically Oude Genever, 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.