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Navy Strength Gin

The term Navy Strength gin refers to gin with a higher alcohol content than most commercial gins. British gins typically range from 37.5% alcohol by volume to slightly higher, often in the mid-forties. By contrast, Navy Strength gin contains 57% alcohol by volume or even slightly more. 

The origin of this standard comes, as the name implies, from Britain's Royal Navy. The Navy included gin in its sailors' rations, not just to keep them happy but also as a way of keeping them healthy; gin was included in medicinal drinks intended to keep the crew safe from scurvy or malaria. However, the government was concerned about unscrupulous merchants selling them watered-down gin; if they bought understrength gin, the fraud might not be discovered until well after a ship had left land. 

To detect weak gin, resourceful officers developed a test. They discovered that gin that was 114 proof -- that is, 57% alcohol -- contained little enough water that if they poured it on gunpowder, the gunpowder could still be ignited. This is the origin of the term "gunpowder proof" to describe this type of gin. 

Navy Strength gin is famous for its high alcohol content, but that it doesn't mean it can't have subtle and complex flavours. Modern gin distillers produce gins that combine the strength and intensity of traditional navy gins with varied and compelling botanicals. Investigate our selection to learn more about this rich tradition. 

The term Navy Strength gin refers to gin with a higher alcohol content than most commercial gins. British gins typically range from 37.5% alcohol by volume to slightly higher, often in the... read more »
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Navy Strength Gin

The term Navy Strength gin refers to gin with a higher alcohol content than most commercial gins. British gins typically range from 37.5% alcohol by volume to slightly higher, often in the mid-forties. By contrast, Navy Strength gin contains 57% alcohol by volume or even slightly more. 

The origin of this standard comes, as the name implies, from Britain's Royal Navy. The Navy included gin in its sailors' rations, not just to keep them happy but also as a way of keeping them healthy; gin was included in medicinal drinks intended to keep the crew safe from scurvy or malaria. However, the government was concerned about unscrupulous merchants selling them watered-down gin; if they bought understrength gin, the fraud might not be discovered until well after a ship had left land. 

To detect weak gin, resourceful officers developed a test. They discovered that gin that was 114 proof -- that is, 57% alcohol -- contained little enough water that if they poured it on gunpowder, the gunpowder could still be ignited. This is the origin of the term "gunpowder proof" to describe this type of gin. 

Navy Strength gin is famous for its high alcohol content, but that it doesn't mean it can't have subtle and complex flavours. Modern gin distillers produce gins that combine the strength and intensity of traditional navy gins with varied and compelling botanicals. Investigate our selection to learn more about this rich tradition. 

 
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Herno Navy Strength Gin 50cl
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