Old Simon Genever

OldSimonExciting things are happening in the genever category. Everyone should be acquainting themselves with the grain-based gin ancestor. It really does give the drinker the best of both worlds: the fine grain character of whiskey with the subtle botanical notes of gin. The cream of the crop in the great genever revival is Rutte Old Simon Genever (named after Simon Rutte, who founded his namesake distillery in 1872). There’s so much going on in every sip: a discernible nuttiness, combined with notes of baking spice, and bright citrus and an intermittent sweetness. If you ever get to the Netherlands, take a train to Dordrecht (about an hour from Amsterdam) and visit the the birthplace of Rutte, which features a 19th-century bottle shop and a small distillery in the back.

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