London Dry Gin
For almost 200 years new ships in the Royal Navy received a “Gin Commissioning Kit”- a wooden box containing glassware and two bottles of “Navy Strength” gin which is stronger than standard, at 57% ABV or 114 proof. The Gin was mainly for officers while sailors were given Rum.
The Royal Navy created their own “proof” of the strength of the liquid they received- by adding grains of gunpowder to the gin and heating the mixture with the sun’s rays and a magnifying glass- only if the gun-powder ignited was the Gin at least 114 proof; thus was invented the concept of “alcohol proof”, the measure of alcohol strength still used in many parts of the world today.
Major General Roger Aytoun famously raised the 72nd Regiment of Foot Royal Manchester Volunteers and deployed with them to the Gibraltar Garrison during the Great Siege in 1779. He recruited in Manchester pubs by challenging young men of at least 5 feet 6 inches to either fight him or out-drink him, or sign up…acquiring the nickname “Spanking Roger”. Many recruits reputedly awoke on board passage to Gibraltar…
A Navy-strength Gin might not be the norm today, but in the 18th century, and certainly during the Great Siege of Gibraltar, Spanking Roger and his fellow officers would have enjoyed their daily ration of navy strength Gin.
Spanking Roger London Dry Gin will soon be available in Export Strength, 43% in Gibraltar and the UK.
Soft and light aromas with hints of orange and soft spice that carries through to an appealing creamy citrus palate and rounded mouthfeel. The finish is wonderfully long and fruity.