Got a bottle of this (extra oude belegen, 38% alcohol) that I brought back from Holland about ten years ago, threw in the back of the freezer, and forgot about. I know it's some sort of relative of gin - any suggestions for cocktails that could use it to good effect?
Interesting stuff! As the bottle recommends ("Ijskoud serveren") I poured myself a shot straight from the freezer. It's pale yellow in color, similar to a fino sherry, but noticeably more viscous.
I took a sip and let it warm a moment on my tongue, then swallowed. There's a lot going on here. It definitely has more in common with whiskey than gin - an almost smoky undertaste.
I wouldn't put it into a dry martini. I'm not familiar enough with whiskey-based cocktails to be able to judge how it would work there, but it's interesting enough on its own - and apparently not easily replaceable on this side of the pond once I finish it - that I think I'll save it for the occasional straight pour. Something to be shared only with a select and appreciative audience.