Bathtub Gin â€“ Navy Strength is bottled at 57% abv, higher than the award-winning Bathtub Gin
that was released in 2011. It is produced from the finest pot-still spirit which has been infused with
a variety of botanicals including Juniper, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Dried Orange Peel, Cloves, and
Coriander. The botanicals have been hand crushed before infusionâ€”a variation in the production
process of the original Bathtub Gin in which the botanicals are infused whole in the spiritâ€”in order
to release more flavour. The botanicals are then infused for 1 hour onlyâ€”where in the original
Bathtub Gin they are infused for 24 hoursâ€”and the result is a fuller-bodied gin with a greater
intensity of flavour and a pale gold colour.
The term â€œNavy Strengthâ€ refers to the abv of the spirit. The story goes that any alcohol aboard a Royal Navy ship had to be 57% abv or higher to ensure that the gunpowder would still ignite were it to be dampened by the gin. However, this theory is highly specious, as the gunpowder might ignite but certainly not explode. Rather, the higher strength would ensure that fewer barrels of spirit would need to be carried aboard, thus saving valuable space and weight on the ship.
The bottle is handsomely presented in crinkled brown paper with a black wax seal and a hand drawn Naval â€˜White Ensignâ€™ flag on the label. Professor Cornelius Ampleforthâ€™s Bathtub Gin â€“ Navy Strength makes for a particularly rich and flavourful martini or a complex and spicy gin and tonic, and boasts flavours of citrus fruits, juniper, and warm winter spices.
Bathtub Gin â€“ Navy Strength - Â£41.95
Nose: After a big blast of citrus and juniper, top-notes of spice arrive, notably cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and clove.
Palate: The body is mouth-filling and oily with notes of juniper, citrus and spice.
Finish: The finish is long and lingering with cinnamon and clove jostling for position.
Overall: Incredibly packed with flavour making this a sipping gin in every sense of the term. The higher strength delivers the flavours with precision and impact, truly great stuff indeed.