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Ketel One vodka distillery celebrates 325yrs

Ketel One vodka, a Diageo brand, has launched a limited edition bottle to celebrate 325 years of the Nolet family distillery in Schiedam, the Netherlands, which has been producing spirits since 1691.

The bottle is encased in copper matte plating, signifying the historical role the copper pot distillation process has had in creating this premium vodka. Across the sides and back of the bottle, 11 coins represent the 11 generations of Nolet family that have been distilling Ketel One vodka. To celebrate this milestone the signatures of Carl Nolet Jr and Bob Nolet, 11th generation distillers, have also been inscribed on the back of the bottle.

Bob Nolet says: “Ketel One vodka is a marriage of old world pot still craft and modern distilling techniques, and we wanted to reflect this and commemorate 325 years of our family’s dedication to distilling excellence in this special and limited edition bottle.

“The design of the bottle honours the Nolet family’s unique distilling heritage, from the colour and the coins to the artwork and, of course, the Nolet family crest.”

Additional features on the limited edition bottle include the ironwork-inspired design across the front and back of the bottle, which signifies the ironwork above the main entrance of the distillery, and the Nolet family crest.

Nick Temperley, head of Diageo Reserve GB adds: “Ketel One Vodka is a brand built on the Nolet family’s heritage, authenticity and craft - qualities that are reflected in its success. The new limited edition bottle is a great way to honour 325 years of Nolet Family distilling and we’re delighted consumers can join us in commemorating the occasion.”

In true Nolet tradition, the family is today celebrating the distillery’s 325th anniversary with a large party at their distillery in Schiedam.

The Ketel One Vodka limited edition bottle will be available exclusively at Harvey Nichols stores nationwide and online from mid-March.  RRP: £45.00.

14 March 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor