Our Favorite Navy Strength Gins

Navy-strength gins were once supplied to sailors by The British Royal Navy. Thankfully, gunpowder tests are no long needed to ensure its “proof.” We think every bar, home or otherwise, needs at least one bottle. Your Gimlets, Pink Gins, and most of all your Martinis will thank you.
Dec 14, 2019
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    Cannonball Gin is a navy-strength gin for Edinburgh Gin. As a navy-strength gin, it is bottled at 57.2% ABV (100 British Proof). But it also uses double the juniper as the brand's classic Edinburgh Gin. Additionally, Szechuan peppercorns are a signature botanical.
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    Released in 2014, this is Four Pillar's version of a Navy Strength gin expression. This gin is made with Australian finger limes, ginger, and turmeric in addition to the botanicals used in distillery's Rare Dry Gin. Like other Navy Strength gins, this expression is bottled at a higher proof of 58.8% ABV.
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    Fords Gin Officers' Reserve is the first extension for the brand which first launched in 2012. Officers' Reserve is made using the same nine botanicals as the standard Fords Gin. However, the gin rests for 3 weeks in amontillado sherry casks. Then the aged gin is blended with unaged gin and bottled overproof of 109 proof. Available beginning February 2019.
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    Ki No Bi Sei was bottled at 54.5%, the traditional British Navy Strength. Distilled using the same production method as the flagship Ki No Bi Kyoto Gin, the final blend was refined to bring out each botanical's profile at a higher proof. Kyoto Distillery uses a spirit base distilled from rice and adds botanicals like yellow yuzu, hinoki (cypress) wood chips, bamboo, gyokuro tea, and green sanshō (Japanese peppercorn) berries that are designated into: base, citrus, tea, herbal, spice, and floral. Each botanical category is steeped into the rice spirit, which is then individually distilled before blending together.
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    As with its American Dry Gin, North Carolina's Durham Distillery produces its Navy Strength in a two-step process. Botanicals such as Indian coriander, caraway, rosemary, cardamom, juniper and cassia are vapor-infused in a German pot still. Sweeter ingredients such as citrus and fig are individually vacuum-distilled at room temperature, then blended with the other base. The gin is bottled at 57% ABV,
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    4.33 out of 5 stars
    The Hayman family, the longest running gin producing family in England, returned to their family archives to produce Hayman's Royal Dock Navy-Strength Gin. Using a recipe from 1863, they created this Navy-Strength Gin. Named for the Deptford Dock in London, one of the famous homes for the Royal Navy, this gin was given to British sailors during the 19th century. Made with ten different botanicals: juniper, coriander, lemon peel, orange peel, angelica root, cinnamon root, cassia bark, orris root, licorice, and nutmeg - this gin is is bottled at 57% ABV.
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    Perry's Tot Gin, created by the Brooklyn-based New York Distilling Company, was originally developed while the distillery was creating its initial gin product. The distillery originally planned to create only one version of gin, but decided to produce multiple styles, including this product. This gin is named after Matthew Perry, a 19th Century US Navy Commodore who was once Commander of the Brooklyn Naval shipyard. It is also named for a "tot" - a sailor's daily ration of alcohol. Made with eight botanicals - juniper, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, lemon, orange and grapefruit peel, and wild flower honey - this gin is bottled at 57% ABV.
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    Released in 2013, this gin bottling is called "VJOP" which stands for "Very Junipery Over Proof." During production, a large amount of juniper is added (3x more than their standard London Dry) and the gin undergoes a "triple juniper" process. First, additional juniper is added to the botanical recipe, which macerates with the base spirit for three days. Then more juniper is added following maceration. Finally, during distillation, more juniper is vapor infused with the spirit. The gin is then bottled at 57.7% ABV.
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    Released in 2012, this is Leopold Bros.' version of a Navy-Strength Gin. However, rather than use the same recipe they created for their primary gin product and increase the alcohol content, Leopold Bros. created a whole new recipe for this gin. This gin is made with increased amounts of juniper, coriander, and cardamom, along with additional botanicals, such as bergamot. After distillation, the gin is then bottled at 57% ABV.
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    Plymouth Navy Strength Gin celebrates the historic nautical legacy in Plymouth that featured organizations and people including the Royal Navy and explorer Sir Francis Drake. It's made with seven botanicals: juniper berries, coriander seed, orange and lemon peel, green cardamom, angelica root, and orris root. It is bottled at 57% ABV.