Family Distillery Hooghoudt launches two ultra premium aged Jenevers in March. Both were fired in 1998 by the third and fourth generation Hooghoudt and placed as single malt in old ex-Oloroso casks. Now, 23 years later, they have been enriched with distilled botanicals and are marketed as Single Barrel Jenever. Martijn Keesmaat, Commercial Director at Hooghoudt: “The Aged 23 is the first edition in a series of 5 exceptional ex-Oloroso barrels with which we will each pay tribute to a generation over the next 5 years. Hooghoudt to take. The Aged 16 is one of 7 barrels that was accidentally refilled with new malt wine after 7 years, resetting the counter to zero. The result of this action is as original as it is tasty: The depth of a liquid aged 23 years and at the same time the character of a spirit aged 16 years.”
Hooghoudt has been passionately searching for the best scents, colors and flavors from nature for more than 133 years and 5 generations. They do not allow themselves to be held back by conventions, but rather push the boundaries so that they can create new, relevant taste experiences within traditional categories without putting off existing enthusiasts. Keesmaat: “With the Aged 16 and 23, we focus on the lover of aged drinks and in particular the Single Malt Whiskey enthusiast, but we do this from the power of jenever, where our history and passion lie.
Where most aged spirits are finished when they come out of the barrel, Jenever continues. We master the art of distilling and blending botanicals. We look at the flavor profile of the malt wine from each individual barrel and enhance it with our own blend of distilled botanicals. This opens Hooghoudt a completely new taste world for the Whiskey connoisseur, Jenever drinker, and new discoverers. You would call our Aged 23 the crown jewel of Jenever in the 21e century and the Aged 16 our charismatic prince with a slightly rebellious character. Beautiful liquids, each with its own story and character.”