A delicate and sophisticated version of Zuidam’s genever, that has been treated to a little aging.
Korenwijn, or “corn wine” as it translates, is made with mashbill of equal parts malted barley, maize and rye. Each individual grain provides something different, with the corn bringing sweetness, the rye spiciness and the malted barley texture and depth of flavour.
The spirit is distilled in copper pot stills no less than 4 times, before a small amount is distilled for a fifth time including botanicals of juniper, liquorice and aniseed. This botanical distillation is added to the malt wine, producing a subtle and delicate spirit. The Korenwijn is then reduced to 45% ABV and matured in new American oak casks for 3 years.
The result is a oaky, subtle spirit that delivers flavours of bittersweet juniper, liquorice all sorts, star anise, vanilla, malty bread, oak, baked apples, rye spice, toffee and cinnamon.
Showing a decent amount of age and complexity, this is a well balanced and interesting spirit that would make a great alternative to whisky and Cognac.