The Isle of Wight Distillery’s limited edition Oak Aged HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin is now ready for its second release on the 7th May, having been aged for a further seven months, making 12 in total. The gin will be launched at a special event held on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Sunday 7th May 2017.
The Distillery, in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy, have been working to produce a unique Oak Aged Navy Strength Gin which has been aged in oak barrels, containing original oak from HMS Victory herself. This gin contains a higher concentration of botanicals resulting in a more intense flavour. The first batch was released in October 2016, with two further barrels to be released in due course.
Their Oak Aged Navy Strength Gin recreates the style of that drunk by Naval officers who served in the Battle of Trafalgar. The four barrels have been created by England’s only master cooper, Alastair Simms. This limited edition batch is now available to purchase online at isleofwightdistillery.com and a percentage of all sales will go towards the ongoing restoration of HMS Victory. The next (third) release will be in two years and the fourth release in five years on the 7th May 2021.
The Isle of Wight Distillery recently attended the American Distilling Institute (ADI) Spirit Competition where they won the Bronze Award for their Oak Aged Gin as well as a gold award for ‘Best in Category International Navy Strength Gin’