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If you have someone on your gift-giving list that enjoys trying out fine spirits, check out By the Dutch!
By the Dutch products are mainly distilled and handcrafted in Schiedam – Netherlands/Holland. Their main goal is to create national and international awareness of these Dutch spirits.
Genever is Dutch for “juniper.” Just because it is juniper-dominated, don’t go thinking of it as Dutch gin. Genever is a clear, botanically rich, malted grain-based spirit that can only be made in Holland or Belgium. It is a blend of two or more distillates: first, a whiskey-like triple distillate made of corn, wheat, and rye (so-called malt wine), second is a juniper-infused distillate and a possible third can be a distillate of botanicals which has been re-distilled together with the malt wine. Essentially, genever is the lovechild of a marriage between whiskey and gin. The malty flavors of genever are more reminiscent of whisky than gin, so refrain from using genever to mix a Vesper or a Gin & Tonic. The whisky-like malt tones of Genever make it also perfect to drink it straight, on the rocks, paired with a beer or in ‘regular’ easy mixed drinks like a Dutch Coke, Genever with Coke, as well.
About Batavia Arrack:
“Batavia Arrack” is a distillate based on sugar-cane molasses, produced exclusively on the island of Java, Indonesia. It’s comprised of a very specific range of Pot still distillates originating from the East Indies, produced on the Island of Java, Indonesia. It’s the “rum” of Indonesia. The fermentation process includes the addition of local fermented (red) rice; it is this, which sets it apart from Rum, although the base material is still sugarcane. Distillation of these products is carried out using very traditional Pot stills, adopting ancient Chinese distillers’ methods. Unlike rum and other spirits, Arrack is rarely drunk “neat” in it’s original form. It’s more commonly used as an ingredient of punch and liqueurs, or as a flavoring in various types of food and confectionery products.
By the Dutch spirits would make great gifts or a unique addition to any holiday party bar!
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