|England, Isle of Wight
HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin is bottled at 57% ABV and presented in 5cl miniature bottles.
Also available in 70cl bottles, read more here.
HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin is produced in partnership, and under license, with The National Museum of the Royal Navy. This is a small batch gin made at the Isle of Wight Distillery near Ryde. It is named after Nelson’s famous flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory.
The Isle of Wight Distillery was founded by a winemaker and a brewer who had long thought about making a gin. Conrad Gauntlet started growing vines and making wine at Rosemary vineyard in 1985 and, with over 30 acres of vineyards, is one of the largest wine producers on the Isle of Wight. Xavier Baker has been brewing beer since 1995 and first cut his teeth at the Ventnor Brewery and, after a couple of detours in whisky (Ireland and Scotland), he eventually arrived at Goddard’s Brewery near Ryde. The pair soon met and a plan to produce Gin was conceived.
The idea behind Isle of Wight Gin is to produce a gin with a sense of place by using carefully selected local ingredients and botanicals. The botanicals, which are the same as the Mermaid Gin are: Juniper Berries, Rock Samphire, VBG Boudicea Hops, English Coriander Seed, Fresh Lemon Zest, Angelica Root, Liquorice Root, Grains of Paradise, Orris Root and Elderflower. The botanicals are steeped in a pure neutral spirit for a full 24 hours which helps to extract all the essential oils and thus flavours and aromas. After 24 hours maceration the gin is then redistilled using the “one shot” method and distillation takes a full day in their 300 litre column still. The gin rested for seven days prior to bottling to allow flavours and aromas to mellow and marry together. HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin is bottled at 57% and which means a higher concentration of botanicals than the normal strength Mermaid gin with more intense flavours and aromas.