Product of: Netherlands
Named after Simon Antonius Rutte who founded the distillery, where this jenever is still made based upon his original recipe, in 1872. Old Simon comprises a generous two-fifths malt wine with three-fifths grain alcohol infused and re-distilled with juniper berries and 13 other botanicals.
Although the complete list of 13 botanicals is a closely guarded secret, it is known that these include: coriander, angelica, mace, fresh berries, celery, toasted hazelnuts and roasted walnuts - the two nuts greatly influence the flavour of this genever.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 14/03/2016
(sample batch 01 bottled 2015) Crystal clear.
Freshly baked brown bread, brazil nuts, pine, overripe banana and baked apple with faint black pepper and cinnamon.
Faintly sweet with a soft mouthfeel. Juniper, brown bread, Ryvita crispbread, brazil nuts, pine, dried (chewy rather than crispy) apple and honey with faint cracked black pepper spice, rosemary and cinnamon.
Baked brown bread and pine with very light but invigorating cracked black pepper spice. Hints of white cacao.
Delightfully soft and bready with nutty angelica root, pine needle freshness and underlying herbal complexity.