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Appearance: Translucent White
Aroma: Quite traditional and juniper led but with a creamy, natural syrup sweetness and floral roundness that almost certainly comes from the wild flower 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.
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.
Finish: Earthy orange and juniper. Plenty of power, but packed full of flavor. The finish is well rounded, with a touch of anise, angelica and juniper bite, fading with a pronounced heat that never overwhelms. Overall the gin has a classic character that lets the spice notes rise and take center stage for a brief moment.
Matthew Calbraith Perry served as Commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard from 1841-43. As early as 1833 he was instrumental in founding its Naval Lyceum to ‘promote the diffusion of useful knowledge – and cement the link which unite professional bretheren.’ New York Distilling celebrates the attitude and approach that connects the ingenuity and grit of 19th century Brooklyn with contemporary enthusiasts who continue to revive an American cocktail culture. 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. Perry Tot’s is ideal for the gin aficionado.
About New York Distilling
In the heart of Brooklyn, the New York Distilling Company is the collaborative effort of some of the industry’s top minds. Tom Potter, one of the original founders of Brooklyn Brewing company, took to distilling as an outlet to continue being in the booze business with his son and master distiller, Bill Potter. We can tell you confidently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Yet the two were not done there. They brought in Allen Katz, one of the nation’s leading experts on distilled spirits and the director of spirited education and mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits. Allen is also the host of Cocktail Hour on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. And if that wasn’t enough, they brought on board David Wondrich in a consultancy role, to help preserve the historical accuracy and quality of their distillates. This is just to name a few – the rest of the staff rounds out much like one of the US basketball Olympic “dream teams.”
As one could suspect, the resulting spirits are nothing short of spectacular. Aside from preserving the Americana quotient engrained deep in the roots of the country’s distilling history, New York Distilling crafts some of the most meticulously balanced, clean, categorically correct spirits out there. Period. Any discussion about the craft spirit movement isn’t complete without having New York Distilling involved. And there is more to come, as they state their aim is to “create products and brands of exceeding quality and originality, building on an American cocktail heritage firmly in its second Golden Age.”