In the early nineteenth century Plymouth, London, Bristol, Warrington and Norwich were the great gin distilling centres each with their own unique gins. Gradually the London Dry style came to dominate but the gin made in Plymouth retained its own distinctively aromatic character. Plymouth Gin has remained true to this tradition. Produced in a still, which has not been changed for over 150 years, it has a subtle, full bodied flavour with no bitter botanicals.
Plymouth Gin has a long history. The Black Friars Distillery in Plymouth, where it is made, dates back to at least 1793 and there is reason to believe that distilling may have been carried out on these premises much earlier. Certainly Black Friars can rightly claim to be the oldest working distillery in the UK. The building is also reputed to have been the place where the Pilgrim Fathers gathered before they set off in the Mayflower for America in 1620.
Although Plymouth Gin is made in exactly the same way as London Gin, it is the only UK gin to have a geographic designation a bit like an appellation controllee – the result of a series of legal decisions in the 1880s when London distillers began producing a Plymouth gin. Coates & Co established then that, legally Plymouth Gin could only be made within Plymouth’s city walls.
One of the world’s great brands of gin, Plymouth Gin suffered years of neglect in the hands of the multinationals who often acquired Coates & Co as part of a job lot and never really appreciated the brand’s qualities and heritage. Plymouth is now happily ensconced in Chivas Brothers’ gin portfolio and is owned by giant Pernod Ricard.
A higher than usual proportion of root ingredients is the source of Plymouth’s distinctive earthy aromas. It has seven botanicals – juniper, coriander, sweet orange, cardamom, angelica and orris root that are redistilled with pure grain spirit. Elegant in the mouth with luscious marshmallow and hints of sage and eucalyptus it has a subtle, full bodied flavour with no bitter botanicals and not nearly as much of a juniper hit as some gins. Sweet orange and cardamom impart a softly fruity, spicy finish. Pure water from Dartmoor contributes to Plymouth Gin’s exceptionally clean and fresh flavour.
Plymouth Original is produced at 41.2% abv (83 degrees proof). A 47% abv (94 proof) version is available in worldwide duty free markets.
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Plymouth Gin News
- Quality WILL out April 16, 2013
- Ultimate G and T Tasting: Round Three April 8, 2013
- Harry Craddock’s Favourite Gin Cocktails February 5, 2013
- New Look Plymouth Gin now in the UK January 30, 2013
- Plymouth Gin Pays Homage to Harry Craddock January 29, 2013
- Shaken or Stirred? November 21, 2012
- Hendrick’s and You Know who win through.. August 24, 2012
- Gin the English Spirit August 6, 2012
- Gin Cocktails and Food Friends July 23, 2012
- Schhhhh you don’t know who! May 31, 2012
- World Gin Day on 9th June 2012 May 25, 2012
- Our Gins Definitely the Best March 20, 2012
- Plymouth Gin’s New Look US Cocktail Competition March 15, 2012
- Plymouth Gin Ups the Ante January 24, 2012
- The Great Wigtown Gin Face–Off October 3, 2011
- The Plymouth Gin Bartenders’ Breakfast in New Orleans July 28, 2011
- Ginger Rogers June 17, 2011
- Celery Stalker June 17, 2011
- Gin and Tales Launches May 12, 2011
- A Plymouth Martini Made with Knitting Needles – Why Not? February 22, 2011
- Dry Gibson February 11, 2011
- Last Gintime Masterclasses of 2010 November 29, 2010
- Plymouth Gin Martini Sessions @ Graphic Bar November 24, 2010
- Last of the Summer Gin Masterclasses August 24, 2010
- Plymouth Gin Bartenders’ Breakfast August 11, 2010
- Gintime Visits Plymouth Gin April 22, 2010
- Great Review of new Plymouth Gin Tour March 30, 2010
- The Master Distiller’s Private Tour in Plymouth March 19, 2010
- In Search of the Perfect Martini March 8, 2010
- A bit of a late update on Bibulous January 19, 2010
- Plymouth London Cocktail Pilgrimage November 19, 2009
- Plymouth Gin creates BLT in a Glass June 23, 2009
- Beefeater Dry, Beefeater 24 and Plymouth Gear up for Bar 09 May 20, 2009
- Plymouth Larges it at Tales of the Cocktail August 13, 2008
- Maggiore Collins June 23, 2008
- Calling all Plymouth Gin lovers March 21, 2008
- Fire at Plymouth Gin Distillery February 28, 2008
- Ginizin July 10, 2007
- Plymouth Punch July 1, 2007
- Plymouth Gin – The Adventurer January 23, 2007
Plymouth Gin Features
- Harry Craddock’s Favourite Gin Cocktails
- Shaken or Stirred?
- Hendrick’s and You Know who win through..
- Gin the English Spirit
- Gin Cocktails and Food Friends
- Schhhhh you don’t know who!
- Plymouth Gin – The Adventurer
- Website: www.plymouthgin.com