Genever style gin is a type of gin that originated in the Netherlands in the 16th century. It is also known as Dutch gin or simply genever.
Unlike London Dry gin, which is made by distilling neutral grain spirit with botanicals, genever is made by distilling a mash of malted barley, rye, and corn, similar to how whiskey is made. The resulting spirit is then infused with botanicals, which can include juniper berries, coriander, anise, and citrus peel.
There are two main styles of genever: jonge (young) and oude (old). Jonge genever is a lighter style that is similar to unaged whiskey, while oude genever is aged in oak barrels and has a more complex flavor profile that is similar to a cross between whiskey and gin.
Genever was the precursor to gin, and it is still popular in the Netherlands and Belgium today. It is also used in classic cocktails such as the Martinez and the Holland House.
Genevieve is Hotaling's attempt to re-create this ancient and mysterious gin style. They use a grain mash of wheat, barley, and rye malts, which is distilled in a traditional copper pot still with the same botanicals they use in their modern "distilled dry gin,"Junípero Gin.
Light and malty, a classic cocktail enthusiast's must have.
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