Plymouth style gin is a place of origin protected product, meaning that only distilleries in Plymouth, in the South West of England can make it. Plymouth gin typically is a spirit made with more root botanicals than the more prominent London dry style, and a softer juniper character. That said, there currently is only one gin distillery in Plymout, the Black Friar distillery- situated it what was once a Dominican Order monastery built in 1431. The distillery itself has been in action since 1793, and since it is the only one still producing, the style and the brand have become synonymous. This particular bottling is a homage to the distillery’s naval history- having supplied the Royal Navy with gin for over 2 centuries. It is bottled at “gunpowder strength” (the ABV at which gunpowder will still ignite when soaked in the spirit), and this carries the flavours through to a greater extent. This gin was extremely popular at the beginning of the 20th century, and as such many classic cocktails call for it—it features in no less than 23 of the Savoy Cocktail Book’s recipes. A true classic, and an essential part of all gin-drinkers education.