As sure as I am this will be a polarizing opinion, for me, there is no spirit more sophisticated or versatile than gin. It’s ever growing, ever evolving and yet somehow remains a classic formula– withstanding the test of time throughout centuries.
I’ve been reminded recently of this classic and contemporary duality when I sampled Rutte Dry Gin. It is an elegant gin produced in the Netherlands mixing notes of classic botanicals such as juniper and angelica alongside more radical hits of fennel, which, for the true connoisseur, is an adventure for both the nose and palate.
On the nose, it is heavy citrus at first then mellows into earthy spice laced with juniper. On the palate it sparks with pepper and fennel but remains wonderfully creamy. The duality continues as you could easily imagine turning Rutte into a beautiful martini or a new wave smash about which many bartenders rave.
I myself sampled it at lovely gin bar in Manhattan called The Winslow. They have a popular Gin Club that assembles on many a Tuesday to drink gin, make cocktails, eat food and nerd out about whatever Gin is featured that night. I had the luck to be there on the night that starred Rutte Gin. We made everything from a Bees Knees to a Martinez and the company was just as stellar as the product. I would recommend the gin, I would recommend the club, and I would recommend The Winslow.