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Avva means a respected grandmother, a respected mother, or an old or respectable woman in the Indian language of Dravidian. In Hebrew it means to overturn or ruin, which links the reputation gin had as ‘Mother’s Ruin’ from the Hogarth era. Avva Navy Strength is bursting with juniper notes, complemented by the flavouring of some local botanicals and sweet citrus.
Moray Distillery, established in 2016, can be found in the heart of the old Cathedral city of Elgin in the world famous Speyside area of the Scottish Highlands. Steeped in history and tradition, this part of Scotland is known to many as the whisky distillery heartland of the world. Founder and distiller Jill Brown is responsible for all areas of production, including distilling, filling, and hand numbering and signing of all bottles on site.
Navy Strength Gin
Navy Strength Gin, sometimes called gunpowder or overproof, has to be at least 57% ABV to be classed as a Navy Strength Gin in the UK. It earned the name ‘Navy Strength’ because sailors used to test the ABV of their rationed gin on the ship by mixing it with a small quantity of gunpowder and if the mixture ignited they would know the gin was suitable and had not been watered down. The higher ABV can often amplify the flavours and aromas.
Moray Distillery is based in Elgin and in 2021 underwent a number of improvements, including reopening to tours and tastings throughout the year. The bespoke still at Moray Distillery was made in Elgin by local copper work specialists Speyside Copper Works. Named after the founder's grandmothers, the still known as Jessie Jean (or J-J) is at the heart of the distillery.