Rutte Old Simon Genever
Rutte & Zn // Netherlands
Old Simon is named after the founder of Rutte [ROOT-eh], Simon Rutte. It is based on the original recipe Simon used upon the opening of the distillery in 1872. Though the recipe is secret, it does contain 13 botanicals including juniper, celery, and roasted nuts along with other herbs.
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.
"Fragrant with a rich malty nose and underlying piney juniper and nutty aroma. The botanicals lean more savory than sweet though the taste is moderately sweet on your tongue initially. This is soon taken over with the earthy and nutty profile. The flavor of Wasa Multi-Grain Crispbread comes to mind. The finish is ever so slightly sweet with a cinnamon finish. Serve neat with a plate of charcuterie."