CONKER Spirit Distillery | Dorset 🇬🇧
'Conkering since 2014'
NAVY STRENGTH GIN
57.0% | 700ML Bottle
The distillers say:
A hearty Navy Strength Gin distilled in honour of the RNLI. We raise a glass to the courageous men and women who have worked selflessly over two centuries to end preventable loss of life at sea.
For every bottle you enjoy, gift or squirrel away, we give £5 to the RNLI.* We’ve raise over £30,000 to date.
Tasting Notes – A wonderfully big gin led by dry piney juniper, punctuated perfectly with a herbaceous jammy sweetness from marsh samphire, elderberries and Seville orange that jumps out of the glass in a long G&T. Full and forward, with a purposeful and moreish body. Delicious with ginger beer in a Gin Mule or in a Negroni.
The Conker Spirit Distillery, which is located in an old Victorian laundry, in Southbourne, Bournemouth was founded in 2014 when “Head Conkerer”, and ex chartered surveyor, Rupert Holloway went into production. It was Dorset’s first gin distillery. Conker Spirit Navy Strength Gin is made from a base spirit made from British wheat, botanicals and pure, New Forest Water. It is a small, hand-crafted production.
To produce Conker Spirit Navy Strength Gin, the base spirit is re-distilled in the presence of nine botanicals in a small Alembic pot still. The botanicals are juniper from Italy, coriander seeds from Sussex, angelica root from Belgium, orris root, cassia bark from Indonesia, bitter orange peel, fresh lime peel, marsh samphire from the Dorset coastline and elderberries from Bulgaria. After re-distillation with the botanicals, the gin is left to sit for 2 weeks, this period allows the gin to mellow prior to the addition of natural New Forest Spring water to bring the ABV down to 57% for bottling.
Why is it called Navy Strength Gin? In the eighteenth century all Royal Naval ships had to carry on board a quantity of 100° proof gin. This was measured slightly differently then but this equates to the modern measure of 57% ABV. It was discovered that gunpowder soaked in alcohol with a strength of more than 57% could still be ignited and this became the standard test for Navy Strength or ‘gunpowder proof’ gin, to make sure that supplies had not been watered down.
Conker Spirit Navy Strength Gin is good in a gin and tonic, garnished with lime or orange, or with ginger beer in a Gin Mule Cocktail.
Heavy juniper influence, crisp and herbaceous. A wash of coastal flowers and zesty citrus peels develops afterwards (though peppery juniper persists throughout). Cooling mint leaf and a touch of macadamia nut sweetness.
CONKER SPIRIT 🇬🇧 NAVY STRENGTH GIN : RNLI / Lifeboats Charity Bottle