That sounds a bit overwhelming for you now, and you don’t really know anything about spirits? Don’t be shy, I felt the same way. The friendly staff are really experts in the field. They are proud of their product and its history and are happy to share this knowledge with the guest.
To make it easier to get started, a pre-selection has already been made for us. We decided not only for a genever tasting, but also for a liqueur tasting. We were served four genever and four liqueurs each on decorative wooden boards. This selection impressively showed the differences and the diversity of the respective spirits. Sausage and cheese canapés provided the necessary basis.
As an orientation, one was given a high-quality card on which the respective genever or liqueur was described, and one could note down one’s own evaluation on it. The card was also a nice souvenir to take home.
If you are already a genever or liqueur connoisseur, you can look forward to talking shop with the staff or discovering and enjoying a special drop.
A small warning at this point: even though there are of course only small amounts to try, genever and also liqueurs are high in alcohol and after the tasting I was “easily drunk”. 😉
My conclusion: the price-performance ratio was very good. Personally, I’m more the liqueur type. In any case, the visit to A. van Wees was an experience that should definitely be part of a stay in Amsterdam.