HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin

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HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin

The Isle of Wight Distillery is proud to announce a partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy to produce, under license, a unique Navy Strength Gin.

The Island-­based distillery, that currently produces hand­crafted Wight Mermaids Gin, has partnered with the museum to launch a new Navy Strength Gin named after HMS Victory, the Navy’s most illustrious warship. A percentage of the sales will go to support the ongoing restoration of the Victory.

HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin has a higher concentration of botanicals resulting in a more intense flavour and an ABV of 57%.

There will also be a special limited edition gin that is both Navy Strength and aged in oak barrels to recreate the taste and style of gin drunk at sea by Naval officers who served at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Isle of Wight Distillery has commissioned four bespoke barrels that will incorporate pieces of oak from HMS Victory itself. They will be created by England’s only Master Cooper, Alastair Simms who will be working closely with the National Museum of the Royal Navy conservation team in Portsmouth.

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What is Navy Strength?

In the 18th Century the Royal Navy legislated that all naval ships were to carry a quantity of gin on board and that it must be 100° proof  (the English standard of the day) which equates to 57% ABV. It was discovered that gunpowder soaked in alcohol with a strength of more than 57% could still be ignited and this became the standard test for Navy Strength or ‘gunpowder proof’ gin.

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