Genièvre de Houlle
Price per bottle: £41-60 (US$54-79)
David T. Smith
Dark roasted and chocolate-y malt, with wisps of smoke and residual alcohol.
A deep nuttiness to start with – pecans and brazil nuts – followed by notes of treacle and muscovado that develop into marbled rye.
Black pepper and menthol cardamom linger long on the finish.
A potent and bold genever; such a strong character makes it well-suited for punches.
Powerful, slightly sweet and quite woody with a resinous tang. Aromas of curried spices and roasted almonds come through along with a touch of vanilla, dark chocolate and arrowroot.
Hot and peppery with malted grain, vanilla, leather, tobacco and just a touch of honey.
Dry and long with a sweetish edge.
More like a whisky in character than a gin, therefore try sipping over ice or mixed in a traditionally whisky-based cocktail such as an Old Fashioned.