Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
Soon after Coates & Co began in 1793, Plymouth Gin became a firm favourite in the numerous countries it was shipped to. The gin drinking of the Royal Navy considerably enhanced gin's prestige as it climbed the ladder of respectability in Victorian times. By 1850 Coates & Co were supplying over 1000 barrels of 'navy strength' 57% abv gin a year to the Royal Navy. They were fond of mixing it with Angostura bitters or lime for 'medicinal' purposes. Thanks to the British Royal Navy taking it on ships all over the world, it was to become the world's largest volume brand of gin with 1000 cases a week going to New York alone by the 1900's. In 1904 the first ever recipe for a Dry Martini specified Plymouth Gin (in Stuart's Fancy Drinks and How to Mix Them) and by the 1930's Plymouth Gin was the star of the cocktail era. It is the only gin still around today to be named in numerous recipes in the renowned Savoy Cocktail Book - still the bible of mixology.
For almost two centuries, Her Majesty's Naval Fleet was sustained by Plymouth Gin and no ship left port without a bottle of Navy Strength (57% abv) on board. Why 57%? At this strength the spirit could be used to soak gunpowder, and the resulting mixture tested. If the wet powder could be ignited, the spirit was proved to be of sufficient strength.
Enjoy Navy Strength in your favourite cocktail, or in classic drinks such as a Pink Gin or a Gimlet, reputedly created by the British Royal Navy for medicinal purposes.
Colour - Crystal Clear.
Nose - Intense, bold and fresh aroma of juniper followed by notes of coriander and cardamom.
Palate - Full bodied, smooth and flavourful with a slight sweetness.
Finish - Aromatic, long and rich.