Hooghoudt Distilleries BV
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 8.2
Nose: Soft malt and freshly baked bread with fruity hints of orange and raspberry, and a touch of fennel.
Palate: An array of sweet spice, star anise, black liquorice, cassia and fennel. A pleasant mouthfeel with a gentle warmth to it.
Finish: Zesty orange, perhaps even flamed orange, combined with black pepper.
Comments: A complex genever with good sippability that works surprisingly well with tonic water.
Felicity Murray – 8.4
Nose: Clean, spicy, nutty and earthy root-like aromas mingle with liquorice, honeysuckle and perhaps just a trace of juniper and summer fruits.
Palate: Full-bodied, buttery mouthfeel with gentle spices and slightly sweet herbal and fruity favours. Lemon flavoured ice cream comes to mind.
Finish: Very long and honeyed, slightly bready but with mouth-watering juicy fruits lingering.
Comments: Made for sipping. Would be well matched with tonic or in a cocktail such as an Old Fashioned.