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anyone tried Genevieve gin yet?

chazzerking Apr 21, 2008 10:01 AM

I've seen several ads for Genevieve Gin from Anchor Brewing Co, and wonder if anyone here has tried it yet. If so, what do you think, and what other gins do you like so I can get a frame of reference.

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    boozemonkey RE: chazzerking Apr 21, 2008 10:38 AM

    Being a Holland style gin, one can't really compare it to the London style. Before tasting some, I heard it described as "funky" and "an acquired taste", after tasting it I'd very much agree with those characterizations. I quite liked it, but the sort of whiskey/gin flavor was certainly unexpected. If possible I'd recommend tracking down a bar that has it on their shelf and getting a taste to make sure you don't end up with a bottle gathering dust in your liquor cabinet. It's definitely worth trying though.

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      theginguy RE: boozemonkey Apr 21, 2008 10:53 AM

      Sounds yummy.... my local liquor store doesn't carry it yet, I can't wait to try it. :)

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        doctorbyday RE: theginguy Nov 14, 2008 05:49 PM

        Wally's, K & L Wine Merchants...those are my default locations. If it helps

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        chazzerking RE: boozemonkey Apr 21, 2008 12:52 PM

        Actually, one of the things that intrigued me was that they were marketing it as a Genever style. I didn't know whether they really meant it.Having lived in Delft for a year, I acquired a taaste for genever, although not as a substitute for English gin. Really only for drinking straight. Thanks for the info though. Now I'll have to hunt a bottle of it.

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          rosewood RE: boozemonkey Jun 6, 2008 04:44 PM

          See if you can find Van Gogh gin- it is a true Dutch-style gin and is very good

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          steves RE: chazzerking Apr 21, 2008 01:11 PM

          Have two bottles at home after having in the Netherlands. Very herbal. They have two kinds Young and Old Genervire(sp) I preffered the young as it was closer to Gin

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            JMF RE: steves Apr 22, 2008 05:29 AM

            Anchor doesn't have an Oulde or a Jonge Genever, just their Genevieve.

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              doctorbyday RE: JMF Nov 14, 2008 05:41 PM

              Their Genevieve is a Jonge, however.

          2. JMF RE: chazzerking Apr 22, 2008 05:32 AM

            It's a bit more full of botanicals than most real Genever/Holland Gin. I tend to like some of the authentic ones for their heavy malt flavor, but Anchors is not bad at all. Quite tasty in fact, and there are some lighter styles of Genever out there nowadays so it isn't out of character.

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              rosewood RE: JMF May 8, 2008 09:30 AM

              For those of us who are lucky enough to have a liquor store call "Total Wines" nearby, they sell Van Gogh Gin. This is the first place in the states that I have found that sells Dutch Gin. Here is the link that has the store locator http://www.totalwine.com/

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                JMF RE: rosewood May 8, 2008 05:17 PM

                Lots of places in the US sell Dutch gin, and Van Gogh, which isn't really a Dutch style gin but a Dutch version of an London Dry style.

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                  rosewood RE: JMF Jun 6, 2008 04:45 PM

                  Can you give me the name of some stores that sell it- I can only find Van Gogh- it is more to my taste than the London Dry gin.

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              kchasky RE: chazzerking May 10, 2008 01:58 PM

              Anchor distilling was pouring it at Whiskyfest here in Chicago. I love gin, and their Junipero is great, but the Genevieve was not my taste. Had a very oily feel to it and not a pleasant aroma.

              1. doctorbyday RE: chazzerking Nov 14, 2008 05:47 PM

                Definitely an acquired taste. I wrote about it in my blog, if you want to track it down. Depending on whether you get the Jonge or the Oude, it can vary...but both are much more earthy and oily than English gin. Anchor's has an almost grappa-like nose to it. I actually prefer the Oude (I have some Boomsma at home) which is aged in barrels like scotch and is almost as complex (if not as strong). Careful, though.. hangover eminent if you drink more than 5 oz of it.

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                  craigasaurus RE: chazzerking Nov 24, 2008 10:03 PM

                  I've never had true Jenever, but the Anchor stuff is very interesting. Apparently distilled with the same botanicals that they use for their London style gin (Junipero). An unusual flavor, but pleasant. Haven't mixed with it much, usually do it up on the rocks.

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