Royal Dock Gin is produced by the Hayman family, previous generations of which from 1863 supplied a gin named 'Senior Service Gin' to the Royal Navy's Royal Dock in South London's Deptford. The term 'Senior Service' was the nickname for the Royal Navy.
The Royal Dock, England's largest naval port, was established in 1513 by Henry VIII and home to the Navy's Victualing Board for 400 years. The Navy stipulated a high-strength gin so gunpowder would still light if the barrels containing the gin should leak and wet the gunpowder. (However, this is one of the many gins to confuse English Proof (57% alc./vol.) with British Navy Strength (54.5% alc./vol.).) Members of the highest ranks of the Navy are said to have appreciated the style of Senior Service Gin.
Launched summer 2012.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 25/09/2012
Classic pungent London dry nose with piny juniper, candied ginger and zesty lemon coriander seeds, nutty angelica and faint earthy parma violets.
Slightly sweet with amplified jammy citrus straddling piney juniper and sweet parma violets.
Parma violets and zesty citrus linger on the longer black peppery juniper finish.