Rutte Jonge Graanjenever
Rutte & Zn // Netherlands
Rutte [ROOT-eh] is a distillery located in Dordrecht in the south of the Netherlands. Established in 1872, it was in the Rutte family until 2011 when it joined the DeKuyper Royal Distillers. Their graanjenever (meaning only grains are used in the neutral spirit and malt wine) uses juniper, coriander and angelica among other botanicals.
GeneverGenever is a juniper-flavored spirit which combines a botanically-flavored, neutral spirit with a maltwine. Only made in Belgium, the Netherlands, and in specific regions of France and Germany. Jonge genever is made with a maximum of 15% maltwine. Oude genever uses at least 15% of maltwine. Korenwijn genever uses at least 51% of maltwine.
"This jenever is quite aromatic. Sweet and savory botanicals are in use here and what comes to mind is that it is balanced. Holiday cookies also come to mind as there's a sweet pastry quality. But don't misunderstand. This isn't overly sweet, but it is very enticing. What really sets this jenever apart is that often times when tasting jenever the neutral grain component and the malt wine component can be tasted separately from each other in the final result. Not here. This is just stunning. Serve lightly chilled and neat."