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NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin

NOLET'S Silver Dry


By Robert Plotkin

After years of being overshadowed by vodkas and flavored vodkas, the gin category is steadily increasing here in the U.S. Why the reversal of fortune? Certainly one reason is that gin, in essence, is the definitive flavored vodka. Most gins are made on foundations of neutral spirits—in other words vodka—that are subsequently infused, macerated or redistilled with botanicals and aromatics. Few flavored vodkas can compare to the finesse and sheer elegance of a skillfully crafted gin. A perfect example is NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin.

This ultra-sophisticated spirit is crafted at the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam, Holland. Founded in 1691, the distillery is perhaps best known as the maker of international superstar Ketel One Vodka. NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin is made using a proprietary process that blends tradition with innovation. At the heart of the operation is a one-of-a-kind copper pot still to provide the initial distillation, while the adjacent five-plated column still refines the spirit to achieve precise botanical balance.

The gin is comprised of a neutral grain spirit distilled entirely from premium winter wheat. NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin derives its singular aroma and captivating flavor from three highly distinctive botanicals—Turkish rose petals, fresh peaches and semisweet, slightly tart raspberries. Each signature botanical is steeped in the alcohol for 24 hours before individually being distilled in the alembic still. Only the heart of these distillates is used in the finished gin. To ensure the highest standards of quality, a member of the Nolet family personally inspects and approves each batch. NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin is bottled at 47.6% alcohol (95.2 proof).

Be fully ready to be wowed. This is a most singularly delectable gin, one unlike any that you've tasted before. It has crystalline clarity, a velvety, medium-weight body and a wafting floral and fruit-forward bouquet. The enticing aromatics really seal the deal. Despite its elevated alcohol content, the entry is spicy warm and surprisingly gentle. After a moment the gin expands and bathes the palate with tangy raspberry, anise, citrus and sweet floral flavors. The remarkably long finish sports lingering spicy, flowery and raspberry notes. All aspects of the spirit are surgically balanced. Suffice to say, there's a lot going in this gin.

Before using NOLET'S Silver Dry Gin in a cocktail, you owe it to yourself to take a few minutes to savor the gin neat or slightly chilled. It's worthwhile if for no other reason than to experience just how refreshing a gin can be when the juniper component plays such a minor role. Mixologist should love this gin. It's versatile and brimming with creative applications.