The tradition of navy strength gins goes back to the gins issued to sailors in the British Navy in the 19th Century. Gins on ship were required to have a minimum strength of 57% ABV (114% proof) so that gunpowder could still be used to fire the ship’s canons if it came into contact with the gin. With the renaissance in gin distilling and renewed interest in classic cocktails, there has also been a resurgence in interest for navy strength gins, with their unique aromatic and powerful flavours.
We will taste five gins each bottled at a minimum of 57% ABV – not a tasting for the faint hearted!
- Sipsmith VJOP Gin (57.7% ABV)
- Tarquin’s The Sea Dog Navy Strength Gin (57% ABV)
- Rock Rose Navy Strength Gin (57% ABV)
- Pickering’s Navy Strength Gin (57.1% ABV)
- NB Navy Strength Gin (57% ABV)