Xavier Baker with one of the oak barrels

The Isle of Wight Distillery will be launching the first of 4 batches of its Limited Edition Oak Aged HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin at a special event held on board the HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard tomorrow (Tuesday 18th October).

The Distillery, in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy have been working to produce a unique Navy Strength Gin which has a higher concentration of botanicals resulting in a more intense flavour. This special limited edition of the Navy Strength Gin has been aged in an oak barrel, containing oak from HMS Victory, that will yield a batch of 251 bottles. 3 further barrels will be released in due course.

Oak Aged Navy Strength Gin recreates the style of that drunk by Naval officers who served in the Battle of Trafalgar. The 4 barrels have been created by England’s only master cooper, Alastair Simms. A percentage of all sales will go towards the ongoing restoration of the Victory. The next (second) release will be in 1 year, the third release in 3 years and the fourth release in 5 years on the 7th May 2021.

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Meanwhile, The Juniper Club has launched with the Island’s very Mermaids Gin, also produced by the Isle of Wight Distillery.

The Juniper Club is a member’s gin club where subscribers receive a regular delivery of a bottle of premium gin direct to their door. The first gin that members will be able to enjoy is Wight Mermaids. Craft Gin is growing in popularity in the UK with many new distilleries coming online, the advantage of a subscription is that the sourcing and sending of the gin is done for you and you can sit back, relax and wait for the next delivery.

Lisa Plummer of The Juniper Club said:

“The Juniper Club is delighted to partner with Isle of Wight Distillery to send out their Wight Mermaids Gin as the first members delivery in October, having launched our subscription options in September 2016 we are looking forward to being able to source many more quality craft gins for our members over the next few years”.

The iconic Isle of Wight mermaid featured on the bottles of Mermaids Gin has undergone a minor makeover. This has been undertaken by local Island artist Helen Egleton, who has had an intrinsic involvement in the designs of all of the bottles so far. The new mermaid, in the distilleries words has: “hit the salon, put her face on & is ready to party. Martini in hand she’s not afraid to bare all & show off”.

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Xavier Baker of the Isle of Wight Distillery commented:

“It’s just a natural evolution of the brand. She’s a bit more provocative and memorable than our previous one”

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