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
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fig jam and quince paste, sassafras float with horchata ice cream, pumpkin cheesecake, and delicate fancy herbal cologne with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a warming, intricate, endless finish revealing notes of floral and citrus sorbets, coriander tea, pink peppercorns, and fruit leather. A powerfully delicious, full-throttle gin with deep layers of flavor and a long seemingly endless finish.
Krooked Tusker Distillery The QKA Navy Gin
95 points
$45
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fig-date oatmeal cookie, anise seed, carob nut bar, and saltine cracker with a supple, bright, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with notes of citrus custard tart, peppercorn bread, and juniper and pine. A bold yet charming navy strength that will amp up robust cocktails.
Archie Rose Distillers Strength Gin
94 points
$74
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of deep fried pickle, lit lemongrass and palo santo candle, bbq sweet potato chip, and kelp and nori with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, very long finish that exhibits suggestions of juniper jelly on toasted pumpernickel, honeyed citrus and fruits, and sweet and peppery spices. A brooding and serene navy strength gin for contemplative cocktails.
Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin
93 points
$34
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of frosted Raisin Bran, anise cookie, and juniper-cilantro chutney with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, long finish with impressions of floral and citrus talcs and pepper. A bold and appealing Gin with flavor that will cut through to shine in cocktails.
Conniption Navy Strength Gin
91 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of candied lemon, anise seed, powdered sugar, and pink pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, stimulating, very long finish with notes of juniper jam, pine, herbed citrus, and eucalyptus honey. A bold, yet very balanced and approachable navy strength gin that will pop brilliantly in cocktails.
Chemist Navy Strength Gin
88 points
$42
Pale straw color. Aromas of menthol-mint, hot cinnamon candies, herbal tea, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a hot, stimulating, medium-length clove, turmeric, ginger, and fresh pine finish. 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
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of orange gelatin, cherry-blueberry raisin pastry, raspberry blossoms and powder, and honeyed tea with a round, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, interesting, very long finish that exhibits notes of licorice candy, lemon-lavender custard, and mixed peppercorns. 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
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of spiced nuts, lychee and dried fruits, and latex and lilies with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a hot, captivating, medium-long finish that presents notes of pine sap, herbal honeycomb on celery, and spice cake. A bold and bouncy Gin for cocktails.