Jenever vs Gin
Although Jenever is the Godfather of Gin, both drinks differ from each other.
Are you crazy about Gin & Tonic? Then take a trip to jenever, the godfather of gin! Believe it or not, gin is really your favorite this summer. And no, jenever is really more than that strong stuff your grandfather used to drink.
Jenever has become increasingly popular in the past year, and rightly so. Many bartenders work with this traditional Dutch product and are proud of our heritage.
Jenever is actually the predecessor of the gin style that we now all know as the London Dry Gin. Traditionally, jenever has a high percentage of malt wine (15% – 50%), resulting in a similar mouthfeel and malty notes to whiskey, and a blend of herbs and spices that matches the styles of gin. Jonge jenever has a lower maltwine content (up to 15%), making it a somewhat 'lighter' style jenever. Juniper berries play an important role in both old and young jenever, as do other spices, herbs and (citrus) fruits. The most famous gins such as Beefeater, Bombay, Gordon's and Hendricks are based on neutral alcohol flavored with spices and herbs. Where juniper also plays a very important role in this drink.
In principle, you don't drink gin pure, but it is always diluted. Mainly with tonic. The well-known G&Ts. Jenever has a full and rich taste, which means that a jenever can also be drunk neat. In addition, jenever has a grainy taste through malt wine that you will not find in a gin.