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Bathtub Gin - Navy-Strength

(70cl, 57%)

Bathtub Gin - Navy-Strength
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Bathtub Gin Navy Strength Bottling Note

This is the Navy-Strength edition of the famous Bathtub Gin from Ableforth's. As well as boasting a higher ABV than the original Bathtub Gin, this edition also has a bigger botanical punch thanks to the 'bashing up' (technical term) of the botanicals to release more flavour.

The story goes that the term Navy-Strength was the result of the British Navy demanding gin to be bottled at 57% abv so that if it was accidentally splashed on gunpowder, the powder would still ignite. It was more likely that it was a weight-saving measure but that's not as fun now is it?

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: The additional abv is immediately apparent, but well-tempered by a huge whack of citrus. After the initial hit of juniper and citrus, the spices are easily accessible – far more so than in the standard Bathtub. Top-notes of Cinnamon and Cardamom are supported by the earthier Coriander and Clove. Overall, this is one of the best noses on any gin I’ve yet to experience.

Palate: Huge, mouth-filling, oily and complex. The initial burst of flavour comes courtesy of the spices – Cardamom, Cinnamon, then follows the Citrus and Juniper backbone, before settling into a wonderful melange of that Coriander and Clove combination. Absolutely fantastic.

Finish: Incredibly long and lingering, with the cinnamon and clove jostling for position for literally minutes after the initial sip.

Overall: We talk about ‘sipping gins’ all the time, but I’m not convinced anyone is actually buying it. This, my friends, is the exception. An absolutely ridiculously flavour-packed spirit, far beyond the reaches of what would be possible using distillation alone as a method of manufacture. Just remarkable…

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User Reviews of the Bathtub Gin - Navy-Strength


Wow !
A fantastic gin.
Now under lock & key.
Acker score 5/5

1st June 2016

Super-sweet, juicy goodness

This is absolutely insanely delicious - really 'bright' tasting, and massively complex. Compounding is obviously the way of the future. Well done Professor!

11th April 2016

Very tasty

Very nice. Makes a lovely G&T on a hot summers day.

3rd April 2016

A taste of Raffles Hotel Singapore.

Had to hide this from the "rellies" over Christmas (didn't want to spoil them to much) I am now on my second sampling this pm. A large Copita glass full of ice, Fentimans Tonic, a peeling of lemon and a decent measure of this delectable gin makes an old man happy. Just need a Memsahib to share one with! Bliss. 10 out of 10!

11th January 2015


Despite the jokey name, which put me off initially - I thought it wasn't a serious contender! - this really is one of the best gins ever. The cold compounded botanicals are judged to perfection - and the strength of flavour balances the alcoholic strength. It is superb.

14th September 2014

Dark and Earthy

Regarding the issue of opening the gin, I left the twine on, and used a sharp knife to score around where I thought the join was with the cork, I then peeled off the wax and pulled out the cork.
The initial aroma is very strong and complex. Quite dark, earthy and woody aromas. The gin is the colour of a pale whiskey. Tasted neat, you can definitely taste the 57%. With tonic the gin sustains the darker flavours, with some sweet notes as well. From reading the description above, I wonder if it is the clove which has such a strong flavour, although it is difficult to identify single flavours and the combination works so well.
Compared to my previous favourites Caorunn and The Botanist, this is a much more complex "darker" gin, its delicious.

23rd August 2014

Simply perfect

This is the best gin ever made, the kind that shows up its mass-produced competitors as chemical smelling/ tasting by comparison. The citrus smell and full flavour of this edition is just outstanding, it is simply perfect.

24th June 2014


This is beautiful, end.

2nd November 2013

Five Stars

having been a fan of the Bathtub I had to try the Navy-Strength. Made a Pegu Club the classic way. Imbibed. Straight to heaven. Kill me now. I have of Ambrosia supped.

1st April 2013

Five stars

So powerful. Huge richness. Love it.

20th February 2013

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