Gin Review ~ Plymouth Gin

Plymouth G&T

A new feature here on Gin & Griddle – The Friday Gin Review…First up is Plymouth Gin!

Plymouth Gin recently had a makeover, and its new bottle is really very pretty with nod to ships and sailing in its look and a slight green tint to the glass. With the amount of new gins and boutique brand gins, the older brands like Plymouth need to reinvent and this bottle really helps Plymouth’s shelf appeal in a busy and packed marketplace.

The Story

Plymouth 1The late 1700s and Plymouth Gin was born  – Plymouth Gin is made in the same way as London Gin but it is the only UK gin to have a geographic designation (like an appellation controllee) which came about in the 1880s ensuring that ‘Plymouth gin’ can only ever be made within Plymouth’s city walls. Throughout this time, Plymouth Gin grew, with the Royal Navy taking it all over the world. Plymouth gin is made in the  Black Friars distillery, a building which dates back to the 1400s – the Distillery was formerly a monastery inhabited by the Black Friars hence the name…Black Friars is the oldest working gin distillery with records back to 1697.  In 1793 Mr. Coates joined the distillery (previously Fox & Williamson) and the distilling of Plymouth Gin began. Following this, it became known as Coates & Co. By the 1930’s Plymouth Gin was an established star of cocktails and a significant player of this, the cocktail era. It is named in many recipes in the Savoy Cocktail Book. Plymouth is now a part of the global Pernod Ricard family.

The Gin

Plymouth Gin has 7 botanicals

  • Juniper
  • Coriander
  • Orange Peel
  • Lemon peel
  • Cardamom
  • Angelica
  • Orris root

Distilled with soft Dartmoor water and pure grain alcohol…the main flavours are citrus and juniper – smooth, pleasant but full Plymouth 2bodied, not bitter or harsh. Slightly sweet, with a long dry finish.

It makes for a lovely martini or cocktail but is superb when it comes to the basics – gin and tonic. This smooth citrusy juniper dominance is what makes it ideal for gin and tonic, with slices of lime and lots of ice, it is a classic.

Plymouth is a gin you will always return to and a great addition to your drinks cabinet, its one that will always reside on Gin & Griddle’s shelf.

The Recipe

For the day that’s in it – Valentines Day – make your gin pink!

Pink Gin Fizz – for 2

  • 100ml Gin
  • 200ml Pink grapefruit juice
  • 300ml Tonic water
  • Ice (lots)
  • Lime (a good squeeze of juice, and slices to serve)

Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy (Simple!)

Stockists of Plymouth Gin in Ireland (both need to update their bottle picture on their site from the old bottle to the new one!)

O’Briens – 70cl / €27.99

Celtic Whiskey Shop – 70cl / €28.95

Plymouth Gin –

Black Friars Distillery, 60 Southside Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LQ / +441752 665 292