What makes gin?
The two things you need for a drink to be described as ‘gin’ are: alcohol (gin needs to be at least 37.5% ABV - alcohol by volume), and the predominant taste needs to be juniper.
So once these minimum requirements are met, a gin maker is free to do lots of interesting things with this spirit.
Gin makers use all kinds of extra botanicals to create weird wonderful flavours.
The most popular of these include citrus, coriander and cardamom.
But there’s seemingly no end to the flavours added to gin - tea, chocolate and seaweed spring to mind. But hundreds of other botanicals are used too.
And the strength of gins on the market range from the minimum 37.5% to many craft gins in the 40% to 45% range. And Navy Strength gins which need to be at least 57%.
The strongest gin in the world at the time is writing is Anno Extreme at a ridiculous 95% ABV. No we have no intention of trying it!
Most of the York Gin range is 42.5% ABV - significantly stronger than the minimum.
And York Gin Outlaw Navy Strength is 57% ABV - but incredibly smooth given the extra alcohol. It won a Double Gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition, making it one of the world's best.