Plymouth gin

My wife, bless her cotton socks, made me some ice cubes so that I had ice for my G&T when I returned from London. Little did she know that I was out of gin!

Vodka and Tonic was the order of the day. Not great, but with the addition of some St Germain elderflower liqueur and a slice of pink grapefruit made a clean, refreshing long summery drink. Nice, but not gin.

So, the next day, it was off to the local shop to remedy this problem. I managed to leave my wallet at home, so couldn’t visit any shop with a decent selection whilst at work, but my local Co-op had Plymouth Original Strength gin.

Tonight Matthew, I will be mostly drinking Plymouth gin.

Plymouth gin: first impressions

Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin


Well, that is slightly unfair, but essentially, while this gin is smooth, it isn’t packed with a complexity of nose-resident flavour. Plymouth is renowned for its root-based botanicals and I wonder if my tastes lean toward the more fragrant floral botanicals.

The gin and tonic I made had definite alcohol in it; it was not far from the vodka and tonic I had last night. Don’t get me wrong, there was obviously gin in the glass, but it wasn’t as noticeable as many other brands.

Trying it neat saw similar results. Yes, it was smooth, but it seems t lack depth and flavour; almost like a blend of vodka and gin. Given that this is the oldest working gin distillery in England (if not the world) I was expecting something a little more special. Maybe I have a luddite palate.

The Blackfriars distillery is only an hour down the A38 from where I live, so I might try and visit it one day.


4 thoughts on “Plymouth gin

  • September 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    This is why I love gin: if you go on, from an american prospective, this is one of the best gin they’ve ever reviewed. Difference of opinion is great. Personally, I never tasted it, it makes me hesitant the fact that is so cheap here in the UK ( around £15). So how can it be that great?
    Maybe it’s time to go to the supermarket and get a bottle!

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Kim.

      I would definitely give Plymouth Gin a chance. There are very few people that don’t think Plymouth is the bees knees; I am in a tiny minority on either side of the pond – it is held in very high esteem.

      Let me know how you get on.


  • May 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I keep Plymouth in the ‘fridge or sometimes freezer (saves on ice) and see what you mean about the smoothness – as it is less dry, even sweetish than London Dry’s, I find Angostura bitters provides a foil for the sweetness..

    Try the Aldi £10 gin, surprisingly good for the price. Sainsbury’s Blackfriars is not bad too and better than the reliable old aunt that is Gordon’s.

    • August 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Blackfriars is pretty good for the price; as far as I can work-out it’s rebranded Greenalls. The Aldi Oliver Cromwell I found a bit one-dimensional.


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