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Plymouth Navy Strength Dry Gin, 70 cl

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Named for Matthew Calbraith Perry, a commandant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1840s, Perry’s Tot is an herbaceously robust gin. A high juniper note in the aroma is countered by a licorice-rich foundation, and an initial pop of cardamom on the palate dissolves into a lingering, softly sweet finish.

Contrasting crisp juniper mixed with coriander, cardamom, and angelica on the open. Fruity blueberries and fragrant lavender mid-palate before signing off with a fresh yet peppery finish. Best Served It’s a classification of booze that conjures up images of sailors swapping stories on peril, providence and prurience. Of the ships they steered and the rations they held dear. Of a more thoroughbred brand of men who, let’s be honest, could drink any landlubbing swain under the table. To ensure that the spirits they received were of quality and not over-diluted with water, members of the navy would perform a “proof” test. This involved soaking gunpowder with a spirit and lighting it on fire. If the gunpowder did not ignite, it meant that the gin (or rum) was of a satisfactory alcohol level. It's exceptionally rare for juniper to age for 200 years, especially in Scotland. When Crossbill found out about the rare find, they knew they had to do something special to honour the fruit!Every distiller has its unique method of crafting gin, and producing a Navy Strength gin allows the alcohol to retain more flavours from its infused botanicals. We have all heard about the rum rations in the navy. Unknown to a lot of people is the fact that, while the enlisted men subsisted on rum, Royal Navy officers drank gin. The history navy strength gin is just another chapter in the fascinating and war thorn history of gin itself. We may thank the British navy, not only for navy strength gin but for gin as we know it today. Enjoy Kerr’s Gin poured over lots of ice, topped with a good tonic water, and a juicy slice of orange. Furthermore, gin rations and gunpowder barrels were often stored in the same location on a navy vessel. If a 57% ABV spirit started to leak out of its container and onto the gunpowder, there was no risk of ruining perfectly good material for shooting muskets or cannons. Navy Strength Gin Today

We now know that this strength is 57% ABV. This was just a way of “proving” that spirits were at or above a certain strength, hence the term “proof.” 57% is thus 100º UK proof. Durham Distilleryis proud to say that their Navy Strength Gin has raked in the award as best navy strength gin for four years running, voted by the World Gin Awards. We recommend Badachro's Storm Strength Gin sipped over ice or to make a classic G&T using a premium tonic water, lots of ice and a slice of lime. If available, a sprig of wild myrtle tops it off amazingly well.The Royal Navy legislated that there had to be a certain amount of gin on each vessel while they were sailing on the high seas. Gin was required on board to help fight illness and diseases which were rife. The characteristics of a navy strength gin All gins are diluted with water to reach their desired level of ABV (Alcohol By Volume.) Since gin is made by adding juniper, herbs, fruit, and spices to the spirit, this means that navy strength gin not only has more alcohol but also more of the original taste. Juniper and sweet liquorice start with a bang up-front, delightfully balanced middle with spices, citrus and oak. I found the finish to be delicate with suggestions of vanilla. Best Served Before a device called the Sikes hydrometer was introduced in 1816, there was no way of precisely measuring the alcoholic strength of spirits. But the British Royal Navy worked out a simple over/under method: they mixed a small sample of the spirit with gunpowder to form a paste and try to ignite it. If the spirit was over a certain strength, the powder would light, and if under, it wouldn’t. As the distillery sits close to the 57° north line of latitude in the North West Highlands of Scotland, it is no stranger ot the full force of West Highland storms. Therefore, it seemed only right to name their high-strength gin after the storms Badachro experiences.

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