Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin
Battle Standard 142 Gin Navy Strength derives its name, “Navy Strength”, from the British Navy’s practice of proofing gin rations to 114 proof. This was done so if spilled on the ship’s gunpowder, the gunpowder could still be fired in battle. This Gin Standard Strength is produced by KO Distilling in Manassas. The name “Battle Standard 142” refers to a flag at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (the alma mater of both KO Distilling co-founders) flown to honor 142 cadet/midshipmen who lost their lives during World War II, while serving their country. Gin Standard Strength has a subtle array of flavors that include juniper, citrus, cinnamon, spice, earth and floral notes.
Tasting Notes Of Battle Standard 142 Gin
The nose is indeed a step back from London Dry, showcasing more than its share of spices: cinnamon is particularly strong, with some black pepper backing up a healthy slug of juniper. On the palate, a mix of earth tones, coriander/cardamom, and a stronger citrus profile show themselves. If anything makes the claim for a New Western gin it’s this, that bright orange note that endures until a drying, almost chalky juniper character takes hold on the finish. All told, it’s a totally solid entry into the giniverse, one that would serve well as a cocktailing workhorse, but it doesn’t offer a truly unique enough experience to rave about.