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 freshly baked brown bread, brazil nuts, pine, overripe banana and baked apple with faint black pepper and cinnamon. Faintly sweet with a soft mouthfeel. Brown bread, Ryvita crispbread, brazil nuts, pine, dried (chewy rather than crispy) apple, with faint cracked black pepper spice, rosemary and cinnamon. Baked brown bread and pine with very light but invigorating cracked black pepper spice. Delightfully soft and bready with nutty angelica root, pine needle freshness and underlying herbal complexity on the finish.