A rather interesting and delicious offering from Dutch masters Rutte, who date back to 1872.
This bottling was made according to a recipe written down by Anton Rutte way back in 1918. The spirit was finally launched over a century later, in 2019.
This Genever is flavoured with juniper, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, wormwood and orange leaves. Made with a base of neutral grain alcohol, a small portion of malt wine transforms this from an Old Tom gin to a genever.
Anton Rutte’s distant successor as Rutte Master Distiller, Myriam Hendrickx, describes this bottling as a “cross between a fresh, young genever and a classic gin.” We have to agree!
The final result is an intriguing spirit that delivers notes of juniper, cinnamon dusted doughnuts, citrus rind, malty sweetness, ginger, piney juniper and a little absinthe-like bitterness.
A little underproof at 35% ABV, this is a super approachable genever of a superior quality.