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Plymouth

Plymouth Gin Distillery is best known for producing Plymouth gin - not just a singular bottling, but an actual style of gin. It was the only gin in the UK to have a Protected Geographical Indication within the European Union as, by law, it can only be produced in the town of Plymouth.

This status was awarded after a London distiller began producing a bottling it called ‘Plymouth’ gin. A legal judgement followed in the 1880's which sided with Plymouth-based distilleries who sought to protect the name. However, this protective status will lapse and is not set to be renewed.

Plymouth gin as a style was dominant for some time as the gin of choice in many cocktails, as you can see from its numerous inclusions from the Savoy Cocktail book from 1930. It was also a favourite of the likes of Winston Churchill and Alfred Hitchcock yet. At Plymouth Gin Distillery, the only current variety of Plymouth gin is produced in a still which has not been changed for over 150 years.

The building Plymouth Gin Distillery occupies currently dates back to the early 1400s. The refectory room, a still-intact part of the distillery, was previously a medieval hall built in 1431. This makes it one of the oldest buildings in Plymouth and the site is protected as a national monument. The distillery buildings were formerly a monastery inhabited by the Black Friars

It was also previously been a large merchant's house in the 16th century, a gaol and then Congregational meeting house in the 17th all the way through to the end of the 18th century, when it was remodelled and extended as a gin distillery in 1793, making it the oldest British gin distillery still operating in its original location. Some records even detail a ‘mault-house’ on the premises going back to 1697.

Some say the pilgrim fathers spent their last night in England there in 1620, before setting sail on the Mayflower on their epic voyage to start a new life in America where they founded a new Plymouth. This is why the Mayflower ship forms Plymouth Gin’s trademark label today.

During the 19th century, the brand struck up a very profitable commercial relationship with the Royal Navy. By 1850 they were said to be buying over 1,000 barrels of Plymouth Gin a year. So much of navy gin history is linked to Plymouth that some even think it’s possible that the term ‘Navy Gin’ emanates from Plymouth distillery.

The business was known as Coates & Co. until March 2004 when the Scandinavian V&S Group (creators of Absolut Vodka) bought out the brand and premise, before it in turn was acquired by Pernod Ricard. A kitchen fire on 27 February 2008 substantially damaged the building, but fortunately, the heritage site and distillery still stands proudly, now with a bar and bistro above.

The distillery provides several tours and has garnered great local acclaim. The team at Plymouth Gin Distillery was honoured at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2017-18 and has previously won gold at Devon Tourism Awards 2017 for Small Attraction of the Year and Artistic, Cultural and Learning Experience, as well as bronze in the Guide Tour of the Year category.

Plymouth Navy Strength

70cl, 57%

A high strength Plymouth gin, this is a rich and flavourful gin, supplied to the Royal Navy for nearly 200 years.  More info

Plymouth Navy Strength
6
$40.51

Plymouth Sloe Gin

70cl, 26%

This is made by steeping sloe berries in Plymouth Gin and then blending it with Dartmouth water. A great, crisp and fruity sloe gin from Plymouth.  More info

Plymouth Sloe Gin
4
$28.24

Plymouth English Gin

70cl, 41.2%

A long-standing favourite tipple, Plymouth Gin was one of the few gins to have a geographic indication, obviously pertaining to its eponymous city. However, Plymouth Gin lost this indication in 2015,…  More info

Plymouth English Gin
16
$26.27

Plymouth Fruit Cup

70cl, 30%

Plymouth Fruit Cup has been re-released and it's ready to give your summer parties a good whack of fantastic fruit deliciousness. To serve, simply combine with lemonade or ginger ale and chuck in…  More info

Plymouth Fruit Cup
$21.63

Plymouth Sloe Gin - 1990s

50cl, 26%

A sweet and delicious gin made with sloe berries that are steeped in high-proof Plymouth Gin and soft water from Dartmoor. This has a superb flavour, and was bottled in the 1990s in a half-litre…  More info

Plymouth Sloe Gin - 1990s

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1970s

75cl, 40%

A 75cl bottle of classic Plymouth Dry Gin thought to date from the 1970s complete with an illustration of Plymouth harbour circa 1793, the year Plymouth gin was founded. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1970s

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1980s

75cl, 40%

A 75cl bottling of Plymouth Dry Gin thought to date from the 1980s complete with original presentation tube! This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed info and/or…  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1980s

Plymouth Dry Gin - Late '60s/Early '70s

75cl, 46%

We think that this bottle of PLymouth Dry Gin was produced in either the late 1960s or the 1970s. A collectible bottle which has been well looked-after over the years.  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - Late '60s/Early '70s

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960s-70s

75cl, 46%

This '60s or '70s bottling says "Plym-Gin", but we're clever enough to know that means Plymouth Gin. The fact that "Plym-Gin" almost rhymes is pretty cool though. Sort of.  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960s-70s

Plymouth Lemon Gin - Early 1980s

70cl, 32%

This brilliantly named 'Plym-Gin' was bottled in the 1980s. Full of lemony goodness.  More info

Plymouth Lemon Gin - Early 1980s

Plymouth English Gin 1.5l

150cl, 41.2%

A magnum bottle of Plymouth gin. This is handmade in copper pot stills in Plymouth, The recipe dates back to 1896.  More info

Plymouth English Gin 1.5l

Plymouth Lemon Gin - 1960s

70cl, 0%

A very cool-looking bottle of gin from Plymouth, bottled in the 1960s for the Italian market. This has an extraordinary lemon flavour. Lovely stuff.  More info

Plymouth Lemon Gin - 1960s

Plymouth English Gin (Old Style Label)

70cl, 41.2%

Ooh - looky - an old-style bottling from Plymouth. Tip Top.  More info

Plymouth English Gin (Old Style Label)

Plymouth Lemon Gin - 1970s

70cl, 32%

A zesty burst of lemon along with the classic juniper zing make this 1970s bottle from Plymouth unmissable.  More info

Plymouth Lemon Gin - 1970s

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960s

75cl, 46%

Under the alter-ego of Plym-Gin, this 1960s bottle was produced by those chaps at Plymouth Gin. As good as they are at making great spirits, they really need to get better at thinking up alter-ego…  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960s

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960-70s

75cl, 46%

We think that this well-kept bottle of Plymouth Dry Gin (presented as the pleasing-sounding Plym-Gin) was produced at some point between the start of the 1960s and the end of the 1970s.  More info

Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960-70s

Plym-Gin Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960s-70s

75cl, 46%

An old bottling of Plymouth gin, or Plym-Gin as it used to be branded, dates from the 1960s or 1970s.  More info

Plym-Gin Plymouth Dry Gin - 1960s-70s

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