Simon Antonius Rutte was born in 1844. He married Maria Cornelia Vermeuelen and together they had five children. In 1872, he purchased a café in the Vriesestraat and he built a distillery behind the premises. Churchgoers were frequent visitors to his city-center cafe and the Rutte concoctions were a popular tipple. They proved to be a great hit with the locals and this laid the foundations for the S.A. Rutte & Sons distillery. It soon became a household name in Dordrecht and eventually throughout the Netherlands. The café was turned into a liquor store where Simon’s wife sold the products made in the distillery. Between 1903 and 1905, Simon designed an exceptionally beautiful shop front for the premises the Vriesestraat that can still be admired today. Art Nouveau was the ‘modern’ style of the time and by replacing the old, classic style facade the store became ‘hip’ overnight. Rutte has been distilling jenevers, gins and liqueurs since 1872 and today the firm’s motto still remains the same: “distilled with passion”. The distillery has a long and rich history, and over the years the recipes have been handed down faithfully from one generation to the next. The Rutte family has become the custodian of old recipes and traditional craftsmanship.
Crystal clear in colour. The bouquet shows pine, coriander and violet blossom with cracked black pepper and light orange zestiness. The palate is classically dry and juniper forward with piney freshness, nutty angelica and well integrated zesty orange. Pine, coriander and peppery freshness with faint candied ginger, lemon and sage. A classically juniper forward styled dry gin with a wonderfully fresh character and underlying nuttiness.