Another month is upon us, and that means another International spirit! This time a Jenever (Genever) from The Netherlands!!
Established in 1782, ‘A.van Wees distillery de Ooievaar’ claims to be the last authentic distillery left in Amsterdam, producing a range of Old Dutch genevers, bitters and liqueurs. Their products are creative compositions made from pure natural raw materials.
The key to Van Wees recipes are the combinations of fruits, flowers, plants, roots and seeds, the use and knowledge of which has been passed down through the generations.
The production techniques and ingredients are second to none.They buy in seven different types of malt-wine which are used in their genevers in differing proportions depending on the style to be achieved. Van Wees are probably the only company in the world to commercially distil rose petals, an incredibly time consuming process, but resulting in an exceptionally fine rose liqueur.
Today Fenny van Wees runs the business with a small loyal crew, preserving a once worldwide famous Dutch cultural inheritance for quality and authenticity in distillation. A distinguished heritage, close association with the production process and an intense passion for her profession ensure some very special products.
This genever is distilled from 4 different malt wines which in turn have been produced from 5 different grains infused with herbs. I poured the genever in to an open necked glass and left covered for ten minutes. The spirit pours clear and has a slight syrupy look as it’s rolled around the glass.
On nosing the spirit has an instantly juniper note emanating from the glass, followed by notes of rose and a slightly salty tinge. There are softer red berries and more fruity notes in the background. The nose is rich with hints of fresh juniper and cut flowers.
The flavour is rich in juniper and not too complex but delicate almost like a young speyside whisky in flavour. There are hints of malt, cut flowers, spice and a slight oak note through the middle of the taste but the dominating factor in the taste is the freshness. It is hugely refreshing!!!
The finish is long and dry with a lingering juniper flavour with elements of maltiness.
This genever is very fresh and uncomplicated and one I would certainly recommend to anyone who wants to sample genever for the first time!
This Jenever (Genever) is available from the lovely people at Master of Malt HERE!