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Welcome to the 17th century tasting room Wynand Fockink.
Today, it still goes like this: they still drink and serve the liqueurs and genevers on the same way as in the 17th century. Wynand Fockink makes more than 70 old Dutch liqueurs and genevers, which you can sample here in an authentic 17th century setting, the traditional way of bending for a drink and sip from a traditional tulip glass.
The tasting room is authentic in traditions and in the interior: around 1860 the interior of the tasting room was transformed into the current décor, original from 1689 was maintained as much as possible. Who here now in the twenty-first century for the first time com in will feels like if you will step in the seventeenth-century. The entrance, the small square windows and the green and brown tones are characteristic of that time. it is clear to see that the tasting room was originally a store with a low counter and a separate section where the cash register was. Here you will find no tables, chairs or stools as in most bars. Music is not playing and the atmosphere is identical to how it must have been since the 17th century ... It’s not allowed to make a phone call in the tasting room .. please do this outside.
I will tell you something about the history of the tasting room Wynand Fockink:
In the seventeenth century they start to begin a Larger scale distill liqueurs when the VOC ships herbs, spices and sugar Brought to Amsterdam. The Amsterdam liquor industry Could Be So Important, Came Mainly because the city was Extremely prosperous and liquor, compared with beer and genever, cost significantly more. Could therefore Only the wealthier people afford to regularly drink a glass of liqueur.
In 1679 starts here at this location in the Pijlsteeg also a distillery and tavern. In 1724 it became an official Wynand Fockink tasting room and the genevers and liqueurs Wynand Fockink were sold here, when Wynand took over the case in the Pijlsteeg.
Initially, he mentioned the store true many hostels used signboard sign with the image of a kind of Hercules with club. To distinguish themselves from the other two located nearby taverns called De Wildeman he made there of The Crowned Wildeman. The signboard, there is still hanging, but now on the inside, above the entrance.
On shelves along the walls here are from the 17th century, the jars and bottles with liqueur and genevers. For tasting the spirits they used small glass spheres (tulip glasses), which were immersed after use in a barrel with water. The tulip glasses were filled to the brim, what they still do today, making it impossible to pick up your glass without spilling. The story goes that Dutch really want a full glass for their money and therefore would have the glass completely full and then not to have to drop waste, first the "head" of slurping off the glass before the glass to lift and beyond to sip without spilling.
Because of the low counter, the customer had deep bend over to take his first sip. Gradually, goes the tasting more in a goal to improve the tasting room and changing it more and more in to a place where people not only went inside to buy a bottle of liqueur or Genever, but also for the coziness and the sociability to have a drink with other people, always with a bow for the tradition! Today the glasses at Wynand Fockink are still full of expertly served and guests should take the first sip (or slurp) with a bow!
Women came here for a long time not inside, except behind the counter. The phenomenon of ladies behind the counter has for years been a trademark for the tasting room. It was important of the management of Wynand Fockink that the tasting room was a neat opportunity and the presence of a lady behind the counter keeps customers 'liederlijk` behavior. Drunk ness was anyway prevented by serving only 2 glasses per customer. It was here, after all, a tasting room. The ladies behind the counter were nice, respectful, who were the title of ’Miss’ and stay for many years at the company.
Initially, it was mainly the leading citizens of the city such as mayors and council members, who came here to have a drink at lunch time. In the afternoon were the traders and entrepreneurs that after closing their own business ended their workday with a drink. Also later on artists and writers came here as regular visitors for a drink. No a day, there is still a local Amsterdam group that comes here for a drink, and of course a great flow of tourists from around the world to try the traditional Wynand Fockink slurp!