Zuidam 5 Year Zeer Oude Genever
Zuidam // Netherlands
This genever is made from a malt-wine produced from a triple-distillation of equal parts corn, rye, and malted barley. Part of it is then distilled a fourth time with botanicals including juniper, licorice and aniseed. These two components are then blended and aged in 200-liter, new American oak barrels for 5 years. These are single-barrel releases and is sold at 38% ABV in Europe, primarily in the Netherlands and Germany.
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.
Cask Typenew American oak
"Very dominant wood aromas, which is to be expected from new oak casks. Vanilla, fudge and wood shavings. There's a whisper of aniseed here as well, while the palate leaves a little more room for the spirit to shine. It has a creamy mouthfeel, and there are some pine needles, as well as coriander. Worth a try if you're into aged grain spirits."