About Navy Strength Gin

About Navy Strength Gin
A Navy Strength Gin is a Gin that is typically 50% ABV and higher.

Gin is the original flavored vodka, a clear spirit that is flavored with juniper berries and so-called botanicals (a varied assortment of herbs and spices). The spirit base of Gin is primarily grain (usually wheat or rye), which results in a light-bodied spirit.

The chief flavoring agent in gin is the highly aromatic blue-green berry of the juniper, a low-slung evergreen bush (genus Juniperus) that is commercially grown in northern Italy, Croatia, the United States and Canada. Additional botanicals can include anise, angelica root, cinnamon, orange peel, coriander, and cassia bark. All gin makers have their own secret combination of botanicals, the number of which can range from as few as four to as many as 15 or more.

Most gin is initially distilled in efficient column stills. The resulting spirit is high-proof, light-bodied, and clean with a minimal amount of congeners (flavor compounds) and flavoring agents. Gin's lowland cousin, Genever, is distilled in less-efficient potstills, which results in a lower-proof, more flavorful spirit. Low-quality 'Compound Gins' are made by simply mixing the base spirit with juniper and botanical extracts. Mass-market gins, known as 'Distilled Gins', are produced by soaking juniper berries and botanicals in the base spirit and then redistilling the mixture.

Many top-quality gins are flavored in a unique manner and are referred to as 'London Dry Gins'. After one or more distillations the base spirit is redistilled one last time. During this final distillation the alcohol vapor wafts through a chamber in which the dried juniper berries and botanicals are suspended. The vapor gently extracts aromatic and flavoring oils and compounds from the berries and spices as it travels through the chamber on its way to the condenser. The resulting flavored spirit has a noticeable degree of complexity.

The most famous examples of gin are from the UK. These are among the most complex gins with subdued flavors of pine, peppery spices, citrus, herbal roots, and even floral notes, which are currently in vogue. Gin has experienced a revival thanks to the craft cocktail movement as the base for the wildly popular gin martini, a host of newly resuscitated classic cocktails, and adventuresome new libations.

Top Picks for Navy Strength Gin

Elephant Navy Strength Gin
96 points
A powerfully delicious, full-throttle gin with deep layers of flavor and a long seemingly endless finish.
Awards: 2022 Best Navy Strength Gin
Krooked Tusker Distillery The QKA Navy Gin
95 points
$45
A bold yet charming navy strength that will amp up robust cocktails.
Archie Rose Distillers Strength Gin
94 points
$74
A brooding and serene navy strength gin for contemplative cocktails.
Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin
93 points
$34
A bold and appealing gin with flavor that will cut through in cocktails.
Prohibition Liquor Co. Navy Strength Gin
91 points
$50
A beautiful and aromatic gin for a wide range of classic cocktails, and an easy grab to super charge your Negroni.
Conniption Navy Strength Gin
91 points
$39
A bold, yet very balanced and approachable navy strength gin that will pop brilliantly in cocktails.
Chemist Navy Strength Gin
88 points
$42
A bold, fresh and herbal gin with a potent strength and mentholated vibe; try in savory cocktails!
StilL630 American Navy Strength Gin
86 points
$29
A spunky, high-octane, citrus and floral forward gin that will cut through in cocktails like a hot knife.
Spirit of HVEN Navy Strength Gin
86 points
$62
A bold and bouncy gin for cocktails.