Nolet Silver Gin opts for a series of non-traditional gin botanicals. In doing so, Nolet Silver Gin has earned a reputation as one of the most contemporary floral-forward gins on the market still. It’s so archetypal as an example of “floral gin” that I use it as an exemplar frequently in my talks. If you saw me speak at Gin World 2018 in St. Louis about the flavor of gin, I poured plenty of Nolet Silver.
The three unique botanicals are Peach, Turkish Rose and Raspberry. Each of the signature botanicals are independently macerated and distilled in copper pot stills. They are blended with the base gin and bottled at 47.6% ABV.
The first thing that gin drinkers notice whether by scent or by taste is that the juniper is muted, almost missing.
The floral scent of Nolet SIlver Gin is over the top. You smell rose when you open the bottle, along with intimations of Lavender and sweet herbal botanicals like melissa and apple mint.
If you’re a fan of floral botanicals— Nolet Silver Gin is your gin.
I find that years later Nolet still makes a gin as floral and unusual as it was when it first came onto the market— but it’s a relatively easy gin for mixing. Juniper is present, but that floral touch comes through in nearly everything.
It makes a delightful Gin and Tonic. but my favorite is a Martini served up with a twist. Though north of 47% ABV, Nolet Silver Gin is lighter and easier to drink than its strength might otherwise indicate.
Overall, Nolet Silver Gin
I enjoy Nolet Silver a lot. It’s smooth, its exotic, its different. Fans of classic style juniper-forward gins may not find this gin in their liquor cabinet anytime soon, but if you’re one of the large number— and seemingly growing— who search my archive for floral gins every month. Nolet Silver is probably the best of the bunch.
(It might even be better than their Nolet Reserve 700 Dollar Gin.)
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This is the only bottle of gin I have ever thrown out. I loathe this stuff. I've seen so many glowing reviews, but I would not take another bottle for free.
I agree that this gin is a bit limited in what it can be mixed with / used for. But this gin does make the absolute best aviation cocktail ever! End of story. I buy this gin for that cocktail only. No other gin does it quite as nice. And I do enjoy it in a G & T. The only negative I can say about this gin is that it does tend to be used for only a few drinks. But the ones that it does get used for are superb. One of my all time favorites and always on hand.
Personally I think Nolet's Silver Gin it is a great gin addition to the home bar. I am always in a search for smooth gins like this that can be used for entertaining guests or introducing non gin drinkers to the variety of gin's that are out there. It gives me more options to try other than a defaulting to a Hendrick's dirty martini. From that perspective, I put this gin on par with St. George Terroir Gin. It's just as unique and I personally prefer the citrus taste over pine. Having said that, I agree it is challenging to use in cocktails. I find balancing out the strong floral notes with a dry vermouth works well for a martini. I use 3 parts Nolet's Silver Gin to 1 part Vya Extra Dry Vermouth.
ONLY on the rocks. It's too good to waste with anything else.
This is a challenging gin for use in cocktails other than the suggestions the reviewer made. It likes the versatility of a juniper-forward London Dry gin. That noted, I recently tried a Walk The Line cocktail at Maison in New Orleans that took advantage of Nolet's unique flavor profile. I don't have their recipe, but have approximated it at home: 1 oz. Nolet's, 3/4 oz Lillet Blanc and 1/2 oz Aperol shaken over ice, strained and garnished with citrus zest (Cara Cara orange works well).