Plymouth Gin is a true original. Since 1793 its unique recipe of botanicals has been made to the highest standards in the same distillery in the very heart of the historical city of Plymouth, on England’s South West coast. It’s these factors that have resulted in our particularly English gin becoming as famous and well travelled as those who first tasted it.
Plymouth’s location not only gave us access to the ingredients we use, it also provided us with our most important early customer - the British Royal Navy. During the Napoleonic Wars, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson ordered barrels of Plymouth Gin for his officers. Because cannons were vital for safety, it was feared that leaks could make gunpowder wet and impossible to light. That’s why our founder, Thomas Coates, introduced Navy Strength, a gin strong enough to pass the British Royal Navy’s “proof” test. This involved pouring the spirit onto gunpowder. If the powder still burned, it indicated that there was sufficient alcohol - or proof - and the gin was allowed on board.