The ancestor of modern gin, Jenever is produced in Belgium and the Netherlands, where it is still extremely popular. There are three main types of jenever, jonge (meaning young), oude (old), and korenwijn (corn wine). Originally, invented around the middle of the 18th Century, Jenever is a blend of two ingredients, malt-wine and neutral spirits. Read More »
Boompjes' Old Dutch Genever took a year to perfect. 20% of the spirit is made using malt wine aged for three years in ex-bourbon casks, with the remainder from grain. Juniper and mandarin are added to the mix – a true old style genever.
Korenwijn, literally 'corn wine' is a very old-style traditional jenever - the early Dutch antecedent of modern gins. Korenwijn must have a minimum of 51% malt wine (a pot-distilled unaged whisky) in its blend, with the remainder being neutral alcohol. This Korenwijn has been aged for 1 year in oak barrels.
A 50cl bottle of 3yo jenever from Dutch distiller Zuidam, made in the old-fashioned zeer oude style. The botanicals include juniper, liquorice root and aniseed. This is produced in small batches, each of which is from a single barrel.
John Rutte created John White after noticing the similarities between jenever and whisky. Named not after himself, but Johan de Witt, a famous 17th century politician. This is an exquisite blend of malt and grain with hints of smoke and juniper,
A 50cl bottle of 5yo jenever from Dutch distiller Zuidam, made in the old-fashioned zeer oude style. A combination of malted barley, rye and corn is triple distilled and added to botanicals including liquorice root and aniseed. This is produced in small batches, each of which is from a single barrel.
A genever from respected Dutch distiller Zuidam, distilled on one of their traditional pot stills in small batches before being aged for a year in oak barrels. This is a very different prospect to English style gins.
A rather different take on traditional genever, using a base of spirit made from rye. The spirit is triple distilled and aged in wood for 5 years before the botanicals are added. Half of the spirit is then redistilled before being blended with the other half and bottled, creating an aged spirit with fresh botanical flavour.
A young grain jenever (the literal translation of Jonge Graanjenever) from Bols, low in malt wine making it a crisper and cleaner spirit than traditional jenevers. It packaged in a beautiful Delft Blau ceramic bottle, a traditional Dutch speciality that's often used to package up special jenevers.