Style: Navy Strength

Naval BoatIn order to ensure that purveyors of spirits were selling high quality products, an apocryphal tale suggests that the British Royal Navy would measure a spirits’ strength by igniting it. So when the spirits and gunpowder (stored in the same cargo hold) were accidentally spilled upon one another, the gunpowder was still usable (to say nothing of the spirit, which was presumably no longer drinkable)

Anyway, the term “Navy Strength” is a 1990s marketing creation to sell spirits which meet 100° UK Proof (114 modern proof), and are 57.1% ABV. The romantic and evocative term has stuck and today, high proof gins are often bottled at 57.1 ABV, though in our reviews we consider anything in this range or higher to be Navy Strength.

Navy Strength Gins are fantastic for cocktails as they maintain their gin character even in small quantities.

Green Hat Navy Strength

Price:  $39 /  750 mLABV: 57% Distiller: New Columbia DistillersOrigin:  Washington D.C., United StatesAvailability: DC [see list here]Rating:  Assertive in strength

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Conniption Navy Strength Gin

Price:  $39 /  750 mLABV: 57% Distiller: Durham DistilleryOrigin:  North Carolina, United StatesAvailability: North Carolina only for now. Check their site

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Genius Gin (Navy Strength)

Price: $30 /750 mLProof: 114 Distiller: Genius LiquidsOrigin: Texas, United StatesAvailability: Texas, Maryland, California. [list here]Rating: Strongly reminiscent of the 45% version, with a

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Finsbury Gin 60%

  What comes above Navy Strength?   I’ve speculated in previous posts that such a place exists: the place where

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