Monday, 8 June 2015

Amsterdam - February 2014: Dutch Genever

Dutch Genevers

We attended an 'Original Jenever & Gin Tasting' at the De Blauwe Parade in Amsterdam. We were keen to taste Jenever. How similar was it to modern English 'Gin'?

We tasted five different Jenevers, and some of them were very individual flavours, in particular, a nautical Jenever (Taainagel Scheepsgenever), complete with ropes and anchors on the label, that had a most distinct almost salty flavour.

The barman, who did the Jenever tasting, also told us about the local bar tradition, that the barman should fill the glass completely to the brim (see below). They were proud of their skill and if they could not achieve this, it reflected badly on them. We were happy with these more than generous measures.

Many of the Jenevers had been aged for 10 years, 15 years or even 20 years. These were the premium Jenevers and were priced accordingly. We tasted a couple and were encouraged to recognise the more mature spirit.

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