Differences between gin and genever. Is it the same?

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Difference between Gin and Genever

Diferencias entre gin y ginebra

Surely on more than one occasion you have wondered if there are differences between gin and genever. It is not an unexpected doubt as some cocktail specialists blur these limits when preparing drinks that serve their customers.

With this in mind, in Bruni Collin’s we present some of the criteria that mark these differences between gin and genever. As always, with the clear intention that you can identify them as a specialist in your favorite alcoholic drink.

Historical origin of both liqueurs

Genever, in the original sense of its meaning, is a liquor that has a Dutch origin. Its preparation is made from a mixture of corn, rye and malted barley and in its preparation it is distilled a few more times.  Finally, is flavored with juniper and other botanical elements to reach what we all know as gin.

Instead, what is called gin is an English reinterpretation of the original gin recipe, which was formerly known as genever.

The genever came to Britain as a kind of cultural significance after a war between the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. In addition, the accession to the throne of William III, a Dutch-born king, further accelerated the spread of this successful drink among the population of this powerful British archipelago.

The taste of each one

The English version, also called London Dry Gin, is a more rectified alcohol without traces, and therefore maintains a more neutral and dry tone to the palate.

The traditional gin, which follows the Dutch pattern, has a taste much more manageable to the general taste of the consumer. However, more traditional versions tend to have less favourable conditions for receiving different aromatic and flavour tones.

We must take into account the differences of taste that have been considerably blurred over the decades. More and more the traditional gin leaves behind the excess of malt wine in its formula to lean towards a more refined distillate.

To do this, botanicals and spices are incorporated into the creation of the distillate, and the union of the Dutch and English variant is achieved under the same concept for the eyes of the consumer.

Why is the consumer constantly confused between gin and genever?

The reality is that in Spain the differences between gin and genever are not usually noticed due to the fact that both alternatives are quite similar today. In the field of cocktails and hospitality the two versions are usually used equally for drinks such as gin and tonic or Tom Collins.  

In fact, if someone asks for a dry gin in the rocks, it is very likely that either option will be used without being able to identify the historical origin. As the general trend is that both are interpreted in the same way, something quite logical considering that points have been found in common for the aromatic element of juniper is the distinctive feature.

In turn, the formulation of prémium bottles like Bruni Collin’s have further diversified the industry, orienting it towards a niche of a refined consumption and connoisseur of quality.

Is there a better alternative between one and the other?

With objectivity and sincerity it can be stated that neither of the two can be put before the other as the preferred option for the consumer. Since the differences are practically non-existent at this point in its history, especially in the Spanish market.

What is decisive in this area is to choose a brand that guarantees quality in the distillation of the drink so that any version of your cocktails is the star of the afternoon or night you have chosen to join friends.  

In Bruni Collin’s we offer you these characteristics, with more than 80 years in the market, perfecting a product that is distinguished by its versatility for consumption in all kinds of social contexts. 

We invite you to contact us if you are interested in distributing it commercially in Spain, or if you are looking to add it to the inventory of your commercial premises.