2010 was the year in which I first heard about Nolet’s Reserve gin. I heard about this legendary Dutch gin, wrapped in a golden label, protecting a bottle of the rarest of botanicals and the most carefully crafted distillations the gin world had ever known. This gin possessed a sort of far off, mystical quality to its existence. Also, I heard of its price tag. 700 dollars?! I must admit that I was both intrigued and skeptical.
Last the night, the gintender attended the Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve (barrel finished gin) launch party. The event was hosted by Nick Van Tiel who is the ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth (and an all around great guy.) The event was held at Farmers Fishers Bakers in Georgetown-which was a great venue for it. The most notable point is that Beefeater chose to launch their new Reserve first in Washington DC before distributing in other parts of the country–finally, DC’s bar scene is coming of age!
It is no secret I have a healthy obsession with gin. It is the canvas I like to build most of my drinks on. But right after my obsession with gin is my obsession with aperitif wines/vermouth. In my humble opinion it is the least understood and most underutilized cocktail ingredient in our current cocktail rebirth. It is one of two ingredients in a Martini and one of three ingredients in a Manhattan, yet the majority of Americans and even many professional cocktail makers know very little about it and do not place importance on it.
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