Tastings – Some Dutch Proeflokalen

First published in TU Delta on October 13, 2014. Read the complete article online here.

The Jenever Museum in Schiedam also conducts tastings for visitors.

The Jenever Museum in Schiedam also conducts tastings for visitors.

For those of you interested trying out new flavours, Dutch proeflokalen (tasting rooms) are just the thing for you. From organised tasting sessions on whisky, to a free crash course in coffee, here’s a look at some interesting tasting sessions in Delft and nearby.

Jenever
If you haven’t tried this traditional Dutch liquor yet, then Schiedam is the place to do it. In the 18th century, this tiny town was the international hub of jenever manufacturers. Today it houses the Jenever Museum (which also conducts tastings) and a number of smaller pubs with big collections of the juniper-berry flavoured drink. One such is Jeneverie ’t Spul which has over 400 different kinds of jenever, a small museum on the premises and they conduct regular tastings. Seven kinds of jenever are served along with snacks at a typical tasting.

Hoogstraat 92, 3111 HL Schiedam
tspul.nl

Cheese
One of Amsterdam’s famous tasting rooms, the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room conducts an hour long tasting session with a specialist. Here visitors try six varieties of goat cheese and Gouda. Non-alcoholic drinks can also be requested. The tastings are conducted by Ron Pieters, who has been in the business for 40 years. Among other things, visitors learn to discern the texture of old cheese, the creaminess of milk cheeses and what pairs well with what. Priced at €15 per person, the tastings are held all week long, but be sure to book in advance.

Singel 182, 1015 AJ, Amsterdam
reypenaercheese.com

Coffee
If you’re a coffee connoisseur or someone who’s not entirely sure how they like their coffee, then this Coffee College might be just the thing for you. Every two months, Cisca Colijn, the owner of the coffee branderij (roaster) Miss Morrison organises a free workshop for coffee lovers. Typically, visitors are first introduced to the green beans and then they watch a roasting process before the actual tasting begins.

Voorstraat 7, 2611 JJ Delft
missmorrison.nl

Whiskey
Trappistenlokaal ‘t Klooster has something for whiskey and whisky lovers out there. The level of the tasting can also be adapted to suit beginners and experts alike. Prices for their tastings start around €17.50 but vary depending on the number of food items and whisky. Check their website for the agenda.

Vlamingstraat 2, 2611 KWE, Delft
trappistenlokaal.nl

Beer
Most pubs in Delft and across the Netherlands host some kind of beer tasting events, including Biercafe Doerak. Every two months, a beer tasting is conducted at Doerak and while it’s primarily in Dutch, the hosts are happy to translate for internationals. Tastings are structured differently each time, sometimes a brewer brings over a sample of beers, while some are themed on a particular kind of beer. Their next event will be held on November 9.

Vrouwjuttenland 17, 2611 LB, Delft
cafedoerak.nl

Read the complete article at delta.tudelft.nl

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