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Rutte – Old Simon Genever

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Old Simon Genever 
De Kuyper

ABV: 35%
Country: Netherlands
Style: Genever
Price per bottle: ££
Availability: Worldwide

Sam Coyne – 8.0 

Nose: Wonderfully floral and forward. Fresh. White wine and melon fruit salads and orange segments. I’m very excited. 

Palate: Starts with a sweet syrupy note that develops a little green spice. A lovely, creamy maltiness and touch of menthol. 

Finish: Spice – more on the green-side – and lasts with you.

Comments: Easy drinking genever – you’d think that a spirit like this could get more people behind the category if they give it a go. More than enough about it to enjoy neat.

David T. Smith – 9.1 

Nose: Soft grain mixed with warm, mellow orange marmalade, with echoes of dark chocolate and rye bread.

Palate: Soft, but oily in texture; clean with character. Quietly builds to rye toast, mint, and fennel, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Finish: Piney, resinous flavours with a dash of black pepper combined with lingering citrus zest.

Comments: This shows how a good Genever has a mix of base spirit and botanical flavours; truly the best of both worlds in this instance – I wish there was more!


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