Rutte produces premium, handmade gins and genevers in the same backroom that founder Simon Rutte used to distill his own concoctions back in 1872.
Royal Dutch Distillers launched Rutte (ROOT-eh), one of the smallest distilleries in Europe, in the United States in July of 2015. From The Netherlands’ historic port city of Dordrecht, Rutte is the result of seven generations of Rutte fathers meticulously teaching their sons the art of distilling, always with a passion for craft. The Dutch brand produces premium, handmade gins and genevers in the same backroom that founder Simon Rutte used to distill his own concoctions back in 1872. Simon, with access to exotic spices and fruits from the Dutch East Indies, put them to good use in the still. Soon his potions were so coveted that he converted the family’s café out front into a liquor store. Thus, Rutte was born.
Not much has changed in 143 years. Rutte was handcrafted long before it was a catchword, and they have proudly chosen to stay that way. Ingredients, too, are a passion. The artisanal spirits are 100-percent natural, using only fruits, botanicals and nuts. Rutte never uses any artificial colors or flavors. The brand is also committed to careful sourcing, using goods such as cinnamon from Sri Lanka and juniper berries from Italy. The recipes have been guarded and passed down for seven generations, refined and tailored for today’s audience by Rutte Master Distiller Myriam Hendrickx. In 2011 Rutte joined De Kuyper Royal Distillers, an 11-generation family business with the same commitment to craftsmanship and heritage. Rutte’s Celery Gin, Dry Gin and Old Simon Genever are made at a premium quality, making them even more ideal for handcrafted cocktails, as well as drinks calling for elegant notes of flavor:
Accolades & Availability
Awarded Best of Show (Celery Gin) and Double Gold (Celery Gin, Dry Gin and Old Simon Genever) by Tasting Panel Magazine, Rutte is currently available in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle for $35.99 - $39.99.