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Despite being launched in October 2021, this Navy Strength recipe was actually developed in 2019 but the team wanted to wait until the right time to release it. With so many obstacles to overcome throughout 2020 and 2021, and the recent launch of their high end custom bottle, the time was finally perfect to release this high strength edition. The distillery team have used some “secret” LinGin botanicals but revealed the addition of grapefruit and lavender in this Navy Strength really takes it to a new level.
The team at Linlithgow Distillery, Ross and Alyson Jamieson, had one simple aim with their distillery – make a quality Gin using the best sourced and locally foraged botanicals from the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow to make a truly special local Gin. As a family business and understanding the importance to the area of having its own special gin, Linlithgow Distillery recruited over 100 people from the local area to help develop what would become their signature Scottish Gin.
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.
All gins in the Linlithgow range are distilled in the family-run Linlithgow Distillery, in the heart of the town. With premises secured in 2017, the couple set to work renovating their new distillery space before taking delivery of their new gin still, affectionately named ‘Gleann Iucha’ which is Scots Gaelic for Linlithgow. In 2019, they installed a second larger still to keep up with demand and increase production capacity.