Review: Plymouth Gin / by Jason Hambrey

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Producer Black Friar's Distillery (Plymouth, England)

For some info on the brand and the protected “Plymouth Gin” designation, see my post on the navy strength gin.

I got back into this gin because it is one of the best all-purpose gins for cocktails, adding a lot of depth and classic gin character without dominating subtle cocktails either.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2020

I never actually reviewed the standard version of Plymouth, until now. When reviewing the navy strength, based on my experiments with watering the spirit down, I thought that the ~40% version wouldn’t amount to much. I was wrong.

The gin, on its own, is a mix of a whole lot of components – juniper, coriander, and citrus almost in equal balance with depth across each of those categories. On the palate, each category seems to come out differently – deep lemon and orange zest, light sweetness, piney notes from juniper, and the freshest coriander imaginable, like a seed toasted and simply bitten into. The finish is so clean and citrusy, with notes of juniper complementing it all. There is also a pleasant brininess to it all – some pickled lemon, in fact, would be my closest analogy.

As a gin, it is quite good, but what really impresses is the versatility in mixing. Because of the depth of the citrus, juniper, and coriander, highlights are added in each of those categories and yet none of them dominates. Indeed, if you taste this one straight up the citrus is highlighted but the juniper and spice are still so clearly defined.

I’ve yet to find a gin which I prefer as the base of a martini, and it seems to work seamlessly across the endless spectrum of gin cocktails. In certain cases, I want more of a juniper hit, but yet, I’m never disappointed with this one. Very nice stuff.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.