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Hooghoudt

Hooghoudt
Sweet Spiced Genever

Category: Genever

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 30%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19
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Hooghoudt
Sweet Spiced Genever

Category: Genever

Date Tasted:
Country: Netherlands
Alcohol: 30%
Golden yellow color. Aromas of ginger and butterscotch, vanilla, strawberry marzipan frosting, honey nut cheerios, and orange blossom honey and yogurt with a velvety, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length cinnamon and brown sugar, honey glazed doughnut, brioche, and lavender and orange blossom finish. Sweet, spicy, herbaceous and just a fun sipper.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ginger and butterscotch, vanilla, strawberry marzipan frosting, honey nut cheerios, and orange blossom honey and yogurt
Taste Flavor: cinnamon and brown sugar, honey glazed doughnut, brioche, and lavender and orange blossom
Smoothness Smoothness: Smooth
Finish Finish: Normal
Enjoy Enjoy: neat, on the rocks and shots
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Sweet, spicy, herbaceous and just a fun sipper.

The Producer

Hooghoudt Distillery

The Producer

Their Portfolio

89 Hooghoudt Sweet Spiced Genever 30% (Netherlands) $19.00.
92 Hooghoudt 5 Year Barrel Aged Genever 40% (Netherlands) $45.00.
93 Hooghoudt Raw Genever Holland Gin 43% (Netherlands) $39.00.
89 Hooghoudt 3 Year Barrel Aged Peated Genever 40% (Netherlands) $27.00.
92 Hooghoudt 3 Year Bourbon Barrel Aged Genever 40% (Netherlands) $25.00.

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.