Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, bottled at 57% ABV or 100° English proof, is the traditional strength demanded by the British Royal Navy. This was the proof that would not prevent gunpowder from igniting, should it be compromised by spilled spirit. It is the gin the distillery has supplied to the Royal Navy since the early 1800s and is the gin traditionally presented to each and every Royal Navy ship on commissioning. For decades, the navy had been carrying lemons and limes to help prevent scurvy – but lemons and limes are not easy to digest on their own and they spoil easily on long voyages. In a brilliant moment, Sir Thomas D. Gimlette, a ships surgeon in the Royal Navy, squeezed some lime juice into Plymouth Navy Strength – and the Gimlet was born. For the regular gin drinker, who has little or no concern about gunpowder, Plymouth Navy Strength is a revelation. The 57% ABV amplifies the aroma and fragrance of the botanicals, yet retains the smooth and balanced character Plymouth Gin is renowned for. As with Plymouth Original, this is a handcrafted, batch distilled gin made to an 18th century recipe. Whilst stronger and more commanding than the 41.2% ABV Original Plymouth Gin, Navy Strength uses the same Victorian still, soft Dartmoor water and combination of seven hand selected botanicals.