Hooghoudt Distillers BV
Price Per Bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T Smith – 9.3
Nose: Great malty notes of grain. Bready and complex with spice and citrus.
Palate: Superb – a mix of bready grain and succulent fruitiness overlaid with a woody spice. Creamy vanilla nicely complements the juniper.
Finish: Well-rounded and gentle, but lasting, with a spot of gingerbread and crème brûlée and a cosy warmth.
Comments: An exceptionally sippable and smooth genever with great balance between the grain, botanicals, and barrel. Textbook.
Felicity Murray – 8.0
Nose: Ripe pears, freshly cut hay and summer meadows at first, then rye bread and vanilla notes with a hint of pine, liquorice and perfumed spices.
Palate: A big, soft, oily mouthfeel with a complex mix of malt, anise and citrus fruit flavours.
Finish: Quite sweet. Gently warming with a medium length. Liquorice and honey lingers.
Comments: Very gentle, with very little juniper or alcohol burn and a sweetness that makes it easy to sip.