325th Anniversary

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325th Anniversary

2016 marks the 325th anniversary since Joannes Nolet opened his distillery in 1691 and to mark the occasion, the family have created a commemorative limited edition one-litre Ketel One bottle.

Covered in a copper matte representing the pot stills it is made in, with a design inspired by the ironwork above the main entrance to the distillery, the bottle also has coins representing the first ten generations. And while the regular Ketel One bottle has Carolus Nolet's signature, this commemorative bottle rightly also has the signature of his two sons, Bob and Carl – representing the 11th generation.

Holding a Ketel One bottle at an anniversary dinner in America, Carl said, "My father told me there were two ways my name would wind up on this. Either my signature on the label, or by my own finger on the dust if it didn't sell." Both he and Bob have ensured it sold.

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Bob Nolet, Ivan Menezes, Carolus Nolet Sr, Carl Nolet

325 years is worthy of celebration and the Nolet family threw the most incredible party, inviting over 350 people from around the world to their distillery in Schiedam. Guests were treated to a lavish meal accompanied by fabulous cocktails and entertainment. Images from the distillery's 325-year history were projected onto the family's windmill on the opposite bank of the canal, and this was followed by a spectacular firework display. However, as one of the lucky guests, the most incredible part of this weekend of celebrations was the feeling of extended family amongst all present – all unified in respect for the Nolet's and their products.

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Nolet Distillery

Status: Operational
Established: 1691
Visitor Policy: Visitors by appointment only
Tel: +31 10 246 2929
Website: Nolet Distillery
Address: 14 Hoofdstraat, P/O Box 38, Schiedam, 3100 AA
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Ketel One Vodka

The Dutch refer to their pot stills as 'ketels', thus this vodka is named after the Nolet's original 1864 'Distilleerketel #1' which is still used in the

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Ketel One Citroen vodka

Ketel One Citroen was launched in 2000 and is created by infusing Ketel One vodka with citrus essential oils essence. Two different types of lemon from

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Ketel One Oranje Vodka

Ketel One Oranje was launched on 30 April 2010 to coincide with Queen's Day, a national holiday in The Netherlands honouring the Queen's official birthday.

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Ketel One Cucumber & Mint

Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint is made by infusing Ketel One vodka with natural botanicals and then re-distilling the infusion in a copper pot still.

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Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose

Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose is made by infusing Ketel One vodka with natural botanicals and then re-distilling the infusion in a copper pot still.

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Ketel One Peach & Orange Blossom

Ketel One Botanicals are made by infusing Ketel One vodka with natural botanicals and then re-distilling the infusion in a copper pot still. The distillate

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Nolet's Silver Dry Gin

Made from wheat and flavoured with traditional botanicals including citrus, orris root, liquorice and, of course, juniper alongside contemporary ingredients

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Nolet's The Reserve Dry Gin

Nolet's Reserve Gin is the personal creation of Carolus Nolet Sr. and he alone approves each batch before bottling. The botanicals used include: saffron

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Ketel 1 Jonge

The Ketel 1 name is recognisable, due to the Nolet's successful Ketel One Vodka, named, like this jenever, for their coal-fired No.1 pot still. This jonge

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Ketel 1 Matuur

This oak cask matured expression of the much respected Ketel One jenever was released by the Nolet family in 2015 to their domestic Dutch market.