3. Flavors include “Bitter Suffering’s Comfort”, “Shirt Lifter”, and “Little Hans in the Basement”
OK, technically jenever only comes in three varieties: oud (old), jong (young), or korenwijn (corenwyn). The difference boils down to how old-school the recipe they used was. The jong stuff tastes more like vodka (or gin) than the sweeter, more firey, oak-aged oud and korenwijn varieties. And korenwijn uses more malt wine as a base for an even gnarlier, more distinct flavor. To try them for yourself, make like Anthony Bourdain and let the barman of the back-Medieval-alley Drie Fleschjes guide you. Just ask him to be gentle.
The possibilities don’t stop here, though. Jenever’s almost always sold alongside a line of liqueurs flavored with herbs, fruits, nuts, and flowers that’re just as old and authentic as the juniper juice itself.These are the guys with the fun names from above. (OK, want some more? Try “Bride’s Tears”,“Parrot Soup”, and “My Aunt’s Perfume”.) Often more pleasant to drink, you will still feel the burn. Work your way through the wall of flavors in A. van Wees’s Centraal Station outpost De Ooievaar.