Oak-aged HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin

A rare chance to own and taste a piece of history.

In partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, we have recreated the type and style of gin drunk by Naval officers during the 1800’s. In those days, gin was stored on board ship in oak barrels that had often previously been used to store wine. As with whisky, a lot of the colour, flavour and character is carried over from the oak itself.

An opportunity to taste and compare the ageing process over 5 years

We have had four oak barrels re-made from wine casks by Alastair Sims, England’s only Master Cooper. Each barrel has an oak stave from HMS Victory, extracted as part of her ongoing restoration. This will impart some of this famous ship’s true character into the gin.

The barrels were filled in May 2016 with our HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin and has since been maturing. There will be four releases in total as follows:

First release: 18th October 2016
Second release: 7th May 2017 – one year old.
Third release: 7th May 2019- three year old.
Fourth release: 7th May 2021- five year old.

Each release will be limited to 251 bottles (all individually numbered) as 2016 was the 251st anniversary of the launch of HMS Victory in 1765.

Every bottle will be presented in a locally-made oak box with leather handle & engraved coaster together with a miniature of the limited edition oak-aged gin to taste, in case you do not wish to open your bottle. Each release includes a presentation and reception on board HMS Victory with guest speaker David T Smith, the noted gin historian and author.

Single release £345.00

All four releases £1180.00

If required, special delivery can be arranged.

Oak-aged HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin - Box and Bottle

What is Navy Strength?

In the 18th Century the Royal Navy legislated that all naval ships were to carry a quantity of gin on board and that it must be 100° proof (the English standard of the day) which equates to 57% ABV. It was discovered that gunpowder soaked in alcohol with a strength of more than 57% could still be ignited and this became the standard test for Navy Strength or ‘gunpowder proof’ gin.

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