Plymouth gin

Plymouth gin was made by Dr. Francisus ylvus. He was a Dutch chemist of the 16th, century and he attempted to clean the blood of people suffering from renal (kidney) disorders by this creation. Plymouth gin is a full bodied, crystal clear and a slightly fruity gin. He named this gin product genievre, French for juniper.

England soon started bulk production of gin because King William III started grudging against France and put a ban on expensive and sophisticated liquor imports from France and made every effort to make gin affordable for his own countrymen.

It was on the English Channel – that is the port of Plymouth that, this Gin originated. But now the only distillery that can legally produce Plymouth Gin now is – Plymouth Coates Co. This gin is made of cereal grains which have few congeners – these could be a mash of barley, rye, wheat, corn etc. Other herbs or botanicals- as they are called , which make an ingredient for gin are – lemon, fennel orange peels, coriander, cassia, almond, anise and angelica.

The major contribution of flavor and aroma comes from the juniper berry. It goes without saying that – some popular cocktails – such as Douglas Fairbanks Cocktail and an Admiral Benbow definitely call for Plymouth Gin. This Gin has a proof range between 80 and 94. The law does not allow the manufacturers, to describe their gin by age.

Plymouth History says that Plymouth gin and the Black Friars Distillery where the gin is manufactured have an interesting and a long past. Black Friars Distillery is as good as the home of Plymouth Gin as it is the oldest operational distillery in England. It is located in the centre of Plymouth city, which is a historic port city, south west of England.

The old distillery building is of the 1400s age and the Refractory Room is the one that is in full tact. It is the Medieval Hall, made of timber with hull shaped roof. This is the oldest building of Plymouth. It is well maintained and preserved as the city’s national monument and a precious and valuable heritage.

Plymouth Gin had a very lethal appearance – until some dedicated people geared up and bought it from Allied Domecq in 1996. After four years everyone was proud of Plymouth’s bottoms up position. This particular gin was much liked by some prestigious personalities of those times like – Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ian Fleming. By 1996, Plymouth was regarded a little more than a rail drink.

By mid –nineties – all the gin brands had a down trend in their sales as again gin had fallen from public opinion and favor. Gin, then became closely linked with lower class of people in the early 18th century and was then referred to as – “white wine” and also “nig”. This was done to jus t save the reputation of the drink and the people ordering it.

.Now the best base and blend for a cool and exotic gin cocktail is Plymouth. It is known worldwide and in the UK as the best-selling premium gin. – Bottoms up Plymouth!!

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