Because juniper has been a protected tree species in the Netherlands for years, it was forbidden to use it for a long time. In fact, all juniper berries for Jenever and Gin come from abroad. After years of preparation along with it Juniper guild from Drenthe, last year the population was large enough for the first time to start picking and distilling juniper together again. This special distillate is used for the first time with the Aged 6.
Martijn Keesmaat, Commercial Director Hooghoudt: “As a family distillery, we have been connecting generations for 134 years, traditional with progressive, outspoken with accessible. All these elements are reflected in the Aged 6: A gin of 100% malt wine with the typical richness of aging in good Oloroso barrels and at the same time the playfulness of fresh summer fruit and cocoa. The synergy between the two is unique and makes the Aged 6 one of the tastiest and lively aged gins currently available. The fact that after years of preparation we have now been able to use hand-picked juniper berries from the Netherlands for the first time makes it a very special bottle.”
Perfect balance with lots of fresh summer fruit, sweet ripe scents and characteristic sherry notes. Raspberry, currants / raisins, vanilla and a hint of Brazilian coffee beans combined with roasted almonds and cocoa. The whole is complemented by a freshness of juniper and floral notes reminiscent of elderflower. Spanish oak and the full tones of Sherry Oloroso bring it all together. After a short rest in the glass, the scent of beeswax emerges in combination with some spiciness.
Velvety, filmy and perfectly balanced. It is a sultry dance in which many different flavors follow each other. The warm Sherry Oloroso tones with currants and raisins in combination with vanilla come to the fore first. Followed by a hint of blue agave. Then forest fruits, especially raspberry, roasted coffee beans and cocoa. A little black pepper finishes it off. In the aftertaste you will find Spanish oak, vanilla and roasted almonds supplemented with cocoa. A fantastic interplay between warm sweet tones, fresh summer fruit, wood and nuts.