On his recent Chicago visit, Gary Gillman gifted me with a bottle of De Kuyper Genievre Geneva, a blended gin from Montreal. He knew I was recently doing gin research. Thanks, Gary.
I don't know what the term "blended gin" means. One source I found said it is gin mixed with redistilled alcohol. I'm not sure that clears it up.
This is much more in the Dutch gin tradition than any English gin, but based on my limited experience with Dutch gin, this seems like yet another thing altogether. It has that raw, green, white-dog flavor I associate with Dutch gin, as well as pomace brandy (e.g., grappa) and other spirits that are innocent of oak, but it also tastes kind of malty. It doesn't appear to be sweetened and while I do get juniper I don't get citrus, which is a signature note of most English gin.
How is it normally consumed? neat? rocks? In the standard gin cocktails?