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Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin

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Perry’s Tot?

As with New York Distilling Company’s other gin offerings [Dorothy Parker, Chief Gowanus] a history lesson is necessary to get the reference:

Matthew Perry was a Commodore in the U.S. Navy. He rose in the ranks of the Navy in part due to his efforts in the War of 1812, where he nearly died when a shot caused a cannon to burst. He later was stationed in Key West, and in the mid 1830’s in the New York Navy Yard. His accomplishments in his later life including being an outspoken advocate for modernizing the navy (hail Steam!) and his work in helping Japan open to the West.

He died in 1858 of Rheumatism, and complications caused by [gulp] alcoholism. So gin fans, let’s enjoy Perry’s Tot responsibly, alright? For Perry?

Now on to the Gin

As a reminder, this is Navy Strength. 114 Proof. So expect a punch on the nose and on the palate.

The nose has a nice gin like stability, juniper, orange and a hint of cinnamon. Believe it or not, it does not have a strong nose in the way that other Navy strength gin often have.

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Gin Reviews

Finsbury Gin 60%



What comes above Navy Strength?

The Spectrum of Gins, click to enlarge


I’ve speculated in previous posts that such a place exists: the place where spirits are better suited for setting things ablaze than they are for drinking. But Finsbury, dares tread in a place few have dared to go.

There’s a 130 Proof rum. A 151 Proof rum. Whiskeys and the like have been known to occasionally clock in above 120.

But the nearest parallel I can come up with New Jersey’s Devil Springs Vodka, a 160 proof monster. Has a similar low shelf appearance to Finsbury [and similar price point]. While few folks use Devil’s Spring to drink straight it has some important uses. Powerful-little-goes-a-long-way additive for drinks and great option for infusion. Though 60% is only a hair above Navy Strength, this is uncharted territory and as it stands, this is one of the strongest gins I know of*

Tasting The nose is strongly juniper with a hint of alcohol. It smells a bit potent, and a bit inexpensive. Yes, lots of alcohol. But it doesn’t quite burn on the nose. Good sign.

Juniper present immediately on the taste, bright citrus.

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Gin Reviews

Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Bathtub Gin [Navy Strength]


Infusion gins have a sometimes unfair reputation. Talk to someone who’s been around spirits for a long time and the notion of an “infused gin” probably conjures up to the notion of an inexpensive “store brand” gin that has been infused with artificial flavors after distillation.

Fortunately this reputation is on the wane and the bar has been raised. For example, Tru2 Organic Gin has a golden hue from fourteen botanicals that been infused to create a bold, herbal, gin. Distilleries like Bendistillery really raised the bar for infusion gins with their excellent Crater Lake Gin. I’ve rambled about this reputation in the past, so I won’t continue here. But along comes the Professor Cornelius Ampleforth line of gins from Master of Malt which in the tradition of “Bathtub Gins”, continues to elevate the notion of what a compound gin can be.

Tasting Notes The nose isn’t as strong in terms of alcohol as other Navy Strength Gins. Don’t get me wrong, you can tell its perhaps a bit overproof but on nose alone I wouldn’t be saying “57%” on guess alone. Lots of citrus, orange is strong. Cinnamon is the next botanical that is rather obvious on the nose.

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Gin Reviews

Plymouth Navy Strength Gin

Plymouth Gin was one of The Gin is In’s earliest 5 Star Gin Reviews. As part of the 50 States of Gin tasting, we had a Navy Strength Gin tasting where we compared some of the big names in the industry to some of the new offerings from U.S. microdistilleries.

Plymouth is the five hundred pound gorilla. One of the best gins out there with one of the most storied pasts, and this gin whose Navy Strength gin is perhaps most synonymous with the term Navy Strength Gin.

At 57%, its heated and intense. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

How does Plymouth’s Navy Strength Gin stand up to the lofty standards set by its forebearers?

Tasting Q. Aaron, does it taste significantly different than the regular Plymouth Gin?

A. The strength. No, rather, the lack of dilution. It emphasizes different notes. (drinks gin) Really, while the mainline gin you kind of feel this balance. (drinks gin) Here the citrus seems rather dominating. The juniper comes in on the finish.

Q. Does the 57% affects its drinkability?

A. As I’m drinking it right now. Neat. A little bit, honestly, I’d be hesitant to recommend it to someone neat.

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Gin Reviews

Royal Dock of Deptford, Navy Strength Gin


Navy Strength gin is enjoying something of a resurgence. So-called because Navy myth has it that at 114 proof, if your gunpowder was soaked in this gin, it would still ignite.

In modern times, we’re not so concerned with storing our gin in our artillery room. And we’re not so worried about gin spilling on our ammunition. And then we’re even less worried about igniting said ammunition after being soaked in gin. But what we are concerned with, in these heady days of multi-ingredient cocktails with strong ingredients is having a gin which can assert its gin like qualities even when mixed. Can Royal Dock of Deptford live up to its Navy Strength name?

But first, what is Deptford? Deptford is a district in the city of London in the United Kingdom. The district of Deptford was home to the aptly titled Deptford Dockyard, which was one of the best known dockyards of British Royal Navy. So Navy Strength Gin from a gin from the Royal Docks of Deptford.

Royal Dock is not actually the brand name of this gin. This gin is from Hayman Distillers in London. Now that we’re past the small print, let’s get on with the gin.

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What Should I drink for? The Olympics

First, to all of my friends and readers over in London, I’m sure you don’t need me telling you what to enjoy. You have the entire world partying in your fair city.

This guide is for the rest of us, for us Americans who will be watching the opening ceremony on a tape delay. Speaking of which, how can you survive the indignity of already knowing the climax [who will light the flame?] and all of the well kept [mostly] secrets having been blown for you simply because you opened a webpage on Friday afternoon?

You’re going to need something strong. Strong enough to forget sort of strong. How about a Navy Strength Martini.

Okay. Do you live in the states? Perry’s Tot makes a great Navy Strength Gin.But don’t be afraid to substitute Plymouth Navy Strength if you’re overseas or happen to have some in your cabinet. Now while I really want to advocate going global here and using an Australian Vermouth, I understand that might be hard to come by.But it is the Olympics, so don’t settle for silver medals. Go out and get a good vermouth, Dolin maybe?

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Which Gin works best in Which Cocktail [re-version, July 2012]

A few years ago (and with a much more limited scope of gin experience!) I took a first shot at trying to figure out which gins worked best in a series of classic gin cocktails. Since that initial attempt, I have tried more gins than I can even attempt to count, and I’ve been waiting for the chance to revise my initial list and offer a more nuanced take on how gin works in each of these cocktails.

These cocktails have become my “canon” for reviewing a gin. They’re the old-standbys, the familiar friends whose ingredients I always have in stock. They’re the cocktails that you can go into any bar with its salt and order (perhaps the lone exception in my cabinet may be the “Last Word,” but I digress. The cocktails in the Gin Cocktail Canon are: The Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins, Gimlet,  Negroni, Aviation, Martini and The Last Word. All are fine cocktails and all worthy uses of your gin. But with so many new contemporary gins out there and bold experiments on the classic London Dry out there, it is no longer safe to assume that all gins are created equal.

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