Time has done its magic Hooghoudt's Oude Jenever, and the result is a drink with depth and richness.
Old jenever has not been in barrels any longer than young jenever. That is a common misconception. The difference between young and old arose around the Second World War. Due to a shortage of grain, little malt wine was produced and a new recipe for jenever with less malt wine was created. It was therefore slightly more neutral in taste. This new gin was called Jonge. And so the pre-war jenever 'automatically' became old jenever.
Based on our pre-war recipe, therefore made in a way no one else can. We then aged a portion of in-house distilled malt wine for seventeen years in oak Oloroso sherry casks, creating a gin that will keep even the most die-hard whiskey drinker out of Scotland. Our Oude Graanjenever is perhaps the most original approach to a good single malt whisky, thanks to a fine, complex balance between grains, warm spices and soft notes of wood and vanilla. But of course that whiskey lover has to discover that all by himself. We challenge them in any case!
Delicious pure, in the mix, as a cocktail, in a headbutt and with food.
Vanilla, the refined and sensual flavor obtained from the exotic vanilla orchid, adds an irresistible, luxurious taste.
Grains are the seeds of grasses that are used as a food source worldwide. They are rich in carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals and form the basis for many foods.
The juniper berry provides the characteristic taste of jenever: fresh bitter, slightly spicy. In collaboration with the Drentse Jeneverbesgilde, we pick these ourselves every year on the Drentse heath.
Lemons are citrus fruits with bright yellow skin and a characteristic sour taste. They are often used to add flavor and freshness to drinks.
Jenever is a traditional Dutch spirit, distilled from grains and flavored with juniper berries and other herbs. It has a distinctive flavor that ranges from light and refreshing to full and spicy. Jenever is often drunk neat, but can also be used as a basis for cocktails. It is a drink with a rich history and plays an important role in Dutch drinking culture. Taste the authentic taste of jenever and discover a piece of Dutch tradition in every sip.
According to the 'older' recipes, jenever is made with a higher percentage of malt wine than the 'younger' recipe. It's all about the malt wine.
For our gins we always use malt wine according to a secret recipe, made from (preferably) Groningen grain. Malt wine is a distillate (via the pot still method) distilled from grains. Malt wine has a clearly discernible grain aroma and each jenever has a unique malt wine composition.
Sherry oloroso barrels are barrels originally used to age sherry wine. Oloroso is a type of sherry that is darker, richer and more intense in flavor. These casks are often used in the gin (and whiskey) industry to age gin, enriching the gin with the characteristic sherry notes, such as dried fruit, nuts and spices.