.de borgen – holland gin

Created at the Hooghoudt distillery in Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands, following traditional jenever recipes, where many modern-day gins find their origin.

40.8% abv, €29.99
gin, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: fresh, citrus, lemon, sweet, Bassett’s liquorice allsorts, anise seed, candied coconut
Palate: smooth, creamy, sweet, liquorice allsorts, star anise, 
Finish: mouthful of liquorice, anise, sweet, creamy
Mark: ++/+++ 
Conclusion: Not that impressed. For something that calls itself “the godfather of modern day gins”, this is not really something I would easily confuse with a modern day gin, which easily are more fragrant and full of flavour. It is a bit… boring, if you don’t mind me saying so. 
More info: created of (partly) 17 years aged malt wine with a handful of herbs and botanicals. More old style jenever than gin, in which category it would stand out as a smooth, straight drink. Not to be confused with gin. Mixed with a good Tonic, it just doesn’t stand out. In the wild growing forest of gin, it doesn’t really stand out as one would expect.

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