Introducing Filliers distillery - distilled in Belgian, crafted with experience.
Popular for ages in the Netherlands and Belgium, genever (also known as geneva, genievre, jenever, Holland gin or Dutch gin) is a distilled malted spirit (like an un-aged Scotch whisky) that is often blended with grain neutral spirit, then infused or further distilled with various herbs and spices, including a healthy amount of juniper, like gin. It can be clear, lightly aged or aged in oak for several years.
It was genever that British soldiers “discovered” when fighting alongside the Dutch in the late 1500s. This served both medicinal and recreational functions and provided the term “Dutch courage”, often swigged right before battle. This soon led to the creation of juniper driven gins.
Genever, though, is a different beast. It’s a malty, full bodied spirit with a nutty, earthy quality. Fans of mezcals or smokey Scotch whisky might readily embrace the uniqueness of genever. For others, it can be an acquired taste, though one totally worth acquiring. Genever is often named the missing link between gin and whisky.
The Filliers 0 Years Young & Pure Genever is the youngest (obviously) genever in their new series of Barrel Aged Genevers.
This could easily be mistaken for a classic dry gin. Its very fresh and vibrant with lots of juniper centre stage. There’s some coriander too, as well as orange peel, spices and cinnamon. This nice little drop has a sweet grain influence with a little viscosity to it and finishing slightly dry.