HMS VICTORY GIN
Bold and strong, our award-winning HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin packs a high concentration of botanicals to deliver a powerful, intense flavour worthy of the world’s oldest serving warship. A confident gin with heart and a sense of history for the Gin aficionado.
A TASTE OF HISTORY
Working in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Isle of Wight Distillery produces this unique, sophisticated 57% ABV Navy Strength Gin under a special licence. Crafted in the spirit of high seas, courage and adventure - and named after one of our most famous warships - a percentage of all our HMS Victory Gin sales are donated to support her ongoing restoration.
A smooth and complex gin with a classic, bold style. The nose is intense, boasting citrus and peppery notes whilst the taste has warm spice and vibrant lemon zest. A long layered and complex finish completes the gin, ending with a well-rounded mouthfeel.
WHY GUNPOWDER PROOF?
The Royal Navy legislated that all ships must carry 100˚ proof (57% ABV) rum and gin on board. Gin for the officers, rum for the crew. As proof of its strength and purity, pussers would test each barrel using a rule of thumb method: a few grains of gunpowder were added to the spirits and heated using the sun’s rays, concentrated through a magnifying glass. If the powder ignited, the liquid was proof – pure, strong and likely to remain explosive in the heat of battle.