Single Malt Genever
Rutte Single Malt Genever is the Dutch equivalent of a single malt whisky. It is distilled from 100% barley, the same way a malt whisky is. Barley gives flavours of chocolate, toast and caramel to the liquid. The barley distillate, also called malt spirit, is aged for 4 years on new barrels, made from American oak.
The only difference with malt whisky is that genever has added botanicals. Rutte uses a distillate, called ‘gebeide, that has been in the Rutte family for generations. It contains angelica root, orris root, coriander seed and juniper of course.
Juniper berry, coriander, angelica root, orris root, angelica seed
Full of flavor and body, a bit peppery; after taste of bread and biscuit.
Rutte used new oak barrels for the Single Malt. The first couple of years the product has quite a harsh flavor, due to the fresh oak wood. It takes a while before oxygen comes through the pores of the barrels and takes care of softer flavors and balance. The botanicals complete the harmony in taste.