Picon Amer 21° - 70cl
This genever, from Filliers Distillery, has been maturing in American Oak barrels for over 8 years. This aging tends to tame the juniper flavor but still gives a decent spicy kick. This genever is ideal to drink as a mixer and fits perfectly as the base of any kind of cocktail.
THE MISSING LINK
Genever is often named the missing link between gin and whisky. Similar to whisky, genever is distilled from grain which provides the spirit with a mature and round taste. But just like with gin a dash of juniper berry distillate is added to give the pallet some fresher and spicy notes. Finally but not necessarily, genever can be aged in oak barrels to give it that smooth and silky flavor that is so characteristic for the best Single Malt whiskies.
Warm and peppery with a scent of vanilla and hints of nutmeg and bitter caramel.
THE ANCESTOR OF GIN
It is simply not possible to separate gin from the ancient tradition of genever in the Low Countries. More than that, gin is actually a direct descendant of genever. During the 17th century, English soldiers were in our part of Europe fighting the Eighty Years’ War against Spain. It was then that they sampled genever for the first time, taking this exceptional spirit back to London with them, where they tried to replicate it. Unsuccessfully, as it turns out, because they didn’t have the right recipe. They then named their derivative recipe ‘gin’.