Luxe Life: Nolet's Reserve Dry Gin
With its yellow diamond hue and exotic flavors of verbena and saffron, this sipping gin radiates pure luxury.
Bob Nolet, Carolus Nolet Sr. and Carl Nolet Jr. tasting
Nolet’s Reserve Dry Gin is the same gorgeous hue as a vivid yellow diamond and is equally rare. In order to ensure the quality of the handcrafted gin, 10th-generation Nolet Distillery owner Carolus H.J. Nolet Sr. keeps production small and tests every batch himself. In 2010, Nolet released only 498 bottles of the new Nolet’s Reserve Dry Gin, which the distillery plans to release annually in limited quantities, but only if it meets Carolus high standards. Coming from a family with a distinguished 300-year tradition of distilling spirits in Holland, Carolus sets the bar high for his ultra premium sipping gin. Perhaps this explains why he spent over 40 years refining the recipe. The result is an elegantly aromatic spirit. Saffron—the world’s most expensive and coveted spice—imbues Nolet’s Reserve with its golden hue and imparts a warm, spicy flavor, while verbena adds bright citrus notes. To best appreciate the spirit’s craftsmanship, Carolus recommends pouring the gin at room temperature into a Sherry glass and waving the glass just below the nose before sipping. This rare commodity is available by the glass at The Beverly Hills Hotel, Wynn Las Vegas, The Plaza Hotel in New York and other establishments synonymous with the good life. Nolet’s Reserve Gin also retails for approximately $700 per 750 ml bottle at select shops.