So it might come as a surprise to gin lovers that Nolet, so deeply tied to tradition, has released a gin lacking a notable amount of a crucial ingredient: juniper. Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin is an example of a newer style of gin that holds back on the juniper, even though that botanical is key to defining whether a spirit is gin or not. Instead of juniper, it gives off floral and fruit notes, specifically Turkish rose, peach and raspberry, and that flavor profile alone makes it an intriguing spirit.
Is that lack of juniper a good or bad thing? That depends on how traditional you think gin should be — or on whether you’re a fan of that juniper-forward flavor at all. Either way, it adds a nice fruity dimension to this watermelon punch, which is perfect for any summertime entertaining you’ve got planned.