A superb example of this spirit, the godfather of gin. De Borgen illustrates this fact in the name of their Genever, titling it “before gin”. The spirit is made with a base of 17 year old malt spirit, alongside some unaged malt spirit and juniper berry distillate. Packaged in a charming, bright bottle, the genever itself is sweet and cereal forward, with plenty of grainy notes and a little dark fruit. Delicious served over ice with a slice of lemon.