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The Plymouth Gin distillery (known as the Black Friars Distillery) is now the only gin distillery remaining in the town of Plymouth, England in what was once a Dominican Order monastery built in 1431. Before being a gin distillery, the building’s history was both rich and chequered. One of the oldest structures in Plymouth full stop, the building was briefly turned into a debtor’s prison after its time as a monastery. The established distilling business of Fox & Williamson began production of Plymouth Gin in 1793, although records show distilling had been going on at the site since the 1690’s onwards. Plymouth Distillery now has the accolade of being the oldest British distillery still active today in its original location.

Plymouth Original Strength -

Plymouth Original Strength is at 41.2% ABV. It has a distinctively different, less crisp flavour than the much more commonly available London Dry Gins on the market today. This flavour is the result of a higher than usual proportion of root ingredients, which bring a more earthy feel to the gin as well as a smoother juniper hit. Once the coriander dissipates, liquorice and angelica dominate the palate long after the gin has gone in what is an unusually long finish for a gin.

Plymouth Navy Strength -

To taste, Plymouth Navy Strength is more aggressively charged than its Original Strength sister. The juniper is a little more assertive and so too the spice notes. The lemon seems brighter and Plymouth Navy, upon every re-trial we have here at Gin Foundry, is in our top 5 gins of all time. It is – all eloquent words aside – simply awesome.

Read our full review here: Plymouth Gin

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