Keep an Eye Out for Nolet Gin I just got back from a trip to Vegas to check out Harlem, a Kruiden liqueur that's getting ready to try to joust with Jagermeister, but the Nolet family's gin is what really turned my head
Keep an Eye Out for Nolet Gin
posted on 13 Oct 2010
posted By jake

 I just got back from a trip to Vegas to check out Harlem, a Kruiden liqueur that's getting ready to try to joust with Jagermeister. Harlem is being imported by the Nolet family, the same folks behind Ketel vodka. They may be pimping Harlem, but their gin is what really turned my head.

Nolet gin comes in two varieties - Silver, which retails for $50, and Reserve, which will be a limited run and has a much higher price point of $700 for 750ML. I was talking with a few of the bartenders at the Harlem event and they seemed to concur - the gin was damn fine and among the best they'd tasted, but a $700 bottle's a tough price point to hit, especially with a spirit that seems to have fallen out of favor in recent years (with the everyman anyway).

Luckily the Silver is delicious enough that you can either save yourself that other $650 or just buy yourself 13 more bottles of the cheaper stuff. My palate had been sufficiently sandblasted by Harlem to be nearly useless by the time I tried the Silver, but I knew it was something special.

A quick Web search showed me I wasn't alone - F. Paul Pacult named it the Best Gin of 2010. Here are his notes from The Spirit Journal; I definitely say if you see a bottle in your local store, run don't walk to pick it up.

(Note: I used the windmill picture because it's Dutch and I couldn't find a single picture of a Nolet bottle anywhere online, nor can I seem to download the pictures off my iPhone. Go team Apple!)

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The California Gin-ecological Society has procured a bottle and will sample it this early evening. Our highest standard is, of course, Plymouth Navy Strength, but we strive to keep abreast of new developments and this one certainly has a fine pedigree.
On 13 May 2011
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Is this in any way comparable to Hendrick's? I like rose-y flavored things generally, but am on the fence about shelling out for this. Especially since I live in a flyover and I'll have to have it shipped from NY or someplace...
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