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This Navy Strength edition reflects all of the wonderful flavours of the original gin but with a slightly fuller flavour and higher strength of 58% ABV. The bottle honours co-founder Phil’s Grandfather who served and died aboard the HMS Electra in 1942 in the Battle of Java Sea. The Electra emblem features on the neck of the Navy Strength bottle. Fittingly, £1 from every bottle sold is donated to the Royal Navy Benevolent Trust, a charity close the family’s heart. And just like their original Pentland Hills Gin, you can refill your bottle with Navy OR Original at a discounted price.
Tarbraxus Distillery, makers of Pentland Hills Gin, can be found in the County of South Lanarkshire positioned on the North Western edge of the Pentland Hills, an area bounded by low hills, moorland and interspersed with forests and fields. Owners Phil and Tabatha distil the gin within a converted stable, aptly named the ‘Ginatorium’. The couple’s distilling ethos reflects their life of living within the countryside and sustaining the environment. They grow some of their own botanicals and are seeking to establish more, they also generate power through solar and other renewable sources. The couple, working with Scottish Woodlands, have also invested in replanting juniper alongside a broader programme of woodland regeneration.
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.
The Tarbraxus Distillery is situated in the North Western edge of the Pentland Hills. The range of Pentland Hills Gin is made under the watchful eye of Panza, their chocolate brown Labrador who was the inspiration behind the Pentland Hills Gin bottle decoration. The distillery is home to a traditional 60 litre Alembic copper pot still named ‘Amy’ and the couple take great pride in doing everything on site including distillation, bottling, packing and of course their revolutionary refill service.