Rutte & ZN was founded by Simon Rutte in Dordrecht, South Holland in 1872, with a motto of 'distilled with passion'. Owned by the Rutte family until John Rutte's death in 2003. The firm was taken over by De Kuyper, another historic family-owned company, in 2011 and continues to make a range of gin, genever, vodka and liqueurs.
Rutte's Dry Gin is based on founder Simon Rutte's original 19th-century recipe.
Juniper berries, coriander, angelica, orris root, cassia, bitter orange peel and fennel.
Nose: Pine, coriander. Slightly floral with black pepper and an orangey zestiness.
Palate: Some liquorice from the fennel freshened with pine and zesty orange. Round nuttiness from the angelica and burst of juicy juniper.
Finish: Warming black pepper with a little sweetness and some earthy sage.
Premium tonic garnished with lemon slices and a basil sprig.