Plymouth is a brand of gin made by the Plymouth Gin Distillery (also known as the Black Friars Distillery), but owned by Pernod-Ricard. Plymouth Gin is one of the four styles of gin, and is softer, with more earthy flavors and less juniper than London Dry gin.
The Plymouth distillery is housed in a former Dominican monastery that dates to the early 15th century, though gin production on the site dates back to 1793 under the ownership of the Fox and Williamson company. This became Coates and Co., who owned the distillery until 2004, when it was sold to the V&S group, who make Absolut vodka. Pernod-Ricard purchased the brand in 2008.
Plymouth gin has Protected Geographic Indication within the European Union (which is similar to DOP in Italy, AOC in France, or DO in Spain). It can only be made within the walls of the town of Plymouth, in Devonshire.
The spice bill for Plymouth gin includes: juniper berries, lemon and orange peel, orris root, angelica root, cardamom and coriander. They make a regular bottling at 82.4 proof, a Navy Strength gin at 114 proof (so that if the gin were spilled on gunpowder, it would still ignite), and a sloe gin.
Some popular cocktails containing Plymouth
- Nimble Penny — Gin, Kummel, Celery bitters, Soda water, Lemon juice, Lime juice, Demerara syrup, Lemon peel
- Nine Twenty Nine — Gin, Bitters, Lemon juice, Lemon syrup, Egg white, Vanilla extract
- Tiger Lily — Gin, Lychee liqueur, Lemon juice, Chinese five spice syrup
- Basil Gimlet — Gin, Lime juice, Agave syrup, Basil
- Grapefruit Mule — Gin, Pamplemousse Rose, Aperol, Bitters, Lime juice, Ginger syrup, Soda water, Orange peel