Zuidam Jonge Genever 35% 50cl

£25.50

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Zuidam Jonge Genever is hand crafted in a traditional distillery owned and operated by the Zuidam Family. Similar in style to a gin, Jonge (or Young) Genever must contain no more than 15% malt wine and 10 grams per litre sugar. Conversely, Oude Genever must contain at least 15% malt wine but less than 20 g/L sugar.

Zuidam Distillers is a family owned distillery based in the town of Baarle-Nassau in southern Netherlands. They are well known for producing traditional genevers (and gin), Dutch whisky under the Millstone label and a range of liqueurs. The company was founded in 1975 by Fred van Zuidam in 1975 with one copper still. Today the company is run by Fred’s sons Patrick and Gilbert and has expanded to over three thousand square meters and there are four copper stills and over 1000 cask. Whisky production began later in 1998. Until recently all of their grain was milled in seven traditional windmills. Successful growth and an increase in production means this is no longer the case, although the grain milled by windmills is still a large component of their production. This way of milling causes almost no increase in the temperature of the grain and thus helps preserve the wonderful aromas. No artificial fragrances, colours and flavours are used.

After the milling, the mashing begins by adding hot water to an equal parts three way mash bill of corn, rye and malted barley.  The corn gives a rich sweetness, the rye gives spicy notes and the malted barley provides the backbone. This is a small batch process which takes about 8 hours per batch. The resulting Mash is cooled to 20° Celsius and pumped to the fermentation tank. There fermentation takes place in small batches at a very low temperature which gives helps to give Zuidam Genevers their fruity flavours. Fermentation takes about 5 days. This is much longer than is customary but is essential to allow for the delicate flavours to form.

The resulting mash for the Zuidam Jonge Genever is distilled three times in handcrafted copper pot stills producing a clean and fruity distillate (the Korenwijn mask is distilled 4 times). Part of the distillate is then distilled again over a secret mixture of botanicals (including Juniper, Liquorice root, Aniseed and others). The malt wine component adds malty, bready flavours and aromas to the spirit. Think of this as a gin crossed with a a very young malt whisky!

Tasting Notes

From Zuidam Distillers:

Nose: Fruity with pleasant aromas of juniper, vanilla and some hints of malt and bread.

Flavour: Fruity, juniper and pleasantly light on the palate.

 

To Serve

Jonge Genever is traditionally drunk neat, but it can be served over ice, from the freezer with a beer chaser. It can also be served as a genever and tonic with lots of ice and garnished with a wedge of lemon or lime.

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