Pickering’s Naval Strength
Pickering’s Naval Strength Gin is a gin bottled at full strength. Original the preserve of the Royal Navy this style of Gin has become very popular as of late in cocktails and with a splash of tonic water. Pickering’s Navel Strength is made with a perfect mixture of botanical’s and of course Juniper Berries.
Pickering’s is the first Gin distillery in Edinburgh for 150 years. This very special gin is made from a Recipe that for almost 66 years was a family secret of the Pickering family. Written on a piece of paper dated 17th July 1947 it would have stayed that way if two men (Marcus Pickering and Matthew Gammell) hadn’t met. They did however and in 2013 they opened Pickering’s Gin in Summer Hall Edinburgh an old Veterinarian college. In the old Kennels of the building the distillery was constructed and quickly started producing one of the finest gins to have come out of a still in many a long year.
Gin can trace its History back many hundreds of years to Holland, it is also thought that it could have been distilled in Italy although the evidence is far and few between. Its initial success was in the medical industry as a spirit used to cure all sorts of ailments such as Gout and Gallstones. When the drinkers of the spirit complained about the foul taste; it became common for the spirit to be flavoured with Juniper berries. The drink was to become infamous when British soldiers fighting in the Low Countries during the 30 year war brought it back with them to England. At this point Gin quickly become the drink of the lower classes and the impoverished in Britain, The first distilleries in England made dubious Spirit at best but it was the first Light of the morning of British gin. The drink was rarely regulated and it wasn’t until the formation by King Charles I of the Worshipful Company of Distillers that Gin started to become regulated. Later laws were to attempt to force duty and licence on distillers and it almost caused the fall of the industry. However when Britain started to expand and the formation of the Empire began, Gin was to become the drink of the British Empire. Malaria a vicious illness is curable by consuming Quinine an unpalatable product from tree bark it was mixed into a tonic which when mixed with Gin became quite drinkable. With the new Gin and Tonic recipes on the market Gin rose to the forefront and become a most loved drink in Britain.