“We’re cordially inviting you for a Private Ketel One Tour of the Nolet Distillery in Schiedam.” How can anyone say no to that? Together with a group of fellow press members we ventured off to the south, as the Nolet family prepared an exclusive tour of their generation long distillery for us. Schiedam, a town that borders the proud Dutch answer to New York City (Rotterdam) was our destination. Upon arrival, members of the family received us and not too long after we started the tour.
Although it doesn’t show much on the outside, the Nolet Distillery is truly massive. Underground corridors take you on a historic journey of the generations that have led the enterprise, through their offices and meeting spaces. The distribution center was beyond our imagination. Thousands of pallets going up and down with (robot driven) machines, making you feel like a tiny little dot in Vodka/Gin heaven. Then of course there’s the Ketel One Vodka tasting. As a (generally) non drinking press member I quickly felt the temperature rising there! 😉
Our tour ended right beside the gigantic logistics center, where thousands of bottles are being packed for shipment. A Bloody Mary Brunch was awaiting us and let me tell you this: if anyone knows how to throw a spectacular brunch…well it’s the Nolet family for sure! Just look at this incredible table setting, colourful dishes and that notorious bar that helped us a hand in getting tipsy on a workday. Utterly fabulous! 🙂
So of course I can’t leave you without a little bit of cocktail love. On behalf of Ketel One, I’ll leave you with the original Ketel One Bloody Mary recipe today. Happy Cocktail O’Clock!
- 50ml Ketel One Vodka
- 10ml lemon juice
- 100ml tomato juice
- 3 splashes of Tabasco
- 3 splashes of Worcester sauce
- Salt & Pepper
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
- Fill up the shaker with ice and gently shake it
- Pour the Bloody Mary into a (preferably) higher glass, filled with ice
- Finish your cocktail with some garnish: lemon, cherry tomatoes and some black pepper
For more information or to visit the distillery yourself (yes you can!) visit the Nolet Distillery website.