New York Distilling Perry’s Tot Gin (750ml)
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Perry’s Tot is an American Navy Strength gin made by the New York Distilling Company in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (the same producer’s of our favourite Dorothy Parker Gin). It was named for Matthew Calbraith Perry, a Commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1840s, who later achieved the prestigious rank of Commodore. As a notable New York naval figure, he was the obvious choice for the New York Distilling Company to name a Navy Strength gin after.
From the distillery: On the nose, quite traditional and juniper led but with a creamy, natural syrup sweetness and floral roundness that almost certainly comes from the wildflower honey. Orange and a hint of cinnamon add depth. It does not have an overwhelmingly strong nose in the way that other Navy strength gins often have. On the palate, big and juniper led with citrus, especially grapefruit. The palate is acutely juniper based, but there is several layers of depth. The entry leads strongly with citrus, and then on the mid-palate comes cinnamon, juniper and a peculiar floral sweetness.
This original Navy Strength Gin – at 57% ABV – is the historical proof at which gunpowder might still be fired should it unfortunately be soaked by spilled spirit. ‘Tot’, a British measurement for alcohol, gives nod to Navy Strengths roots.