Plymouth Gin is more than a brand or a distillery, it is in fact an origin protected style of gin, meaning that only in Plymouth, Devon in the South-West of England, can it be made. This gin is typically created with a little more root botanicals than the London Dry style, and with less of that pine-heavy juniper character. Currently there is only one distillery in Plymouth, called the Black Friar Distillery, it is build on a former Dominican Order monastery dating back to 1431. The distillery has been going since 1793, making it one of the oldest distilleries still operational in the United Kingdom. As such, brand and style have become synonymous. Plymouth is a great maritime town, and Plymouth gin has supplied the Royal Navy for over two decades. This gin offers up earthy qualities, with a rich botanical flavour that is slightly less mouth-puckeringly dry than its London Dry counterparts. At the beginning of the 20th century, this was one of the most popular brands around, and as such many classic cocktails require the brand in particular. A staggering 23 of the original Savoy Cocktail Book’s recipes call for this gin. This is a bona fide classic, and one that every serious gin drinker should try, if not own!