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    Plymouth Gin

    I just bought a bottle of this tonight, since my Bombay Sapphire is getting a bit low. I've been mixing Flying Fish cocktails with it (but I had a rye-based Red Hook as well).

    Yes, I have the peach bitters. My first mix used orange bitters instead of peach, and that's actually quite good, but the peach bitters make it even better.

    "Flying Fish" is a good name for this cocktail - you'll drink like a fish, and you'll soon be flying!

    I'm going to have to try some Martin{i,ez} mixes with Plymouth - so far, I like it better than the Bombay Sapphire.
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    I first tried Plymouth a few years back when I noticed it on tastings.com dream bar list. I too had been a Sapphire drinker, but quickly changed after trying Plymouth. I think it makes a great martini (about the only thing I ever use gin for). Shaken with a twist, please.
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    Is Plymouth a brand or a type of gin?

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    Plymouth is a brand of gin. I checked the wholesale price list in Alabama, they show it as available (pg 22).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer
    Is Plymouth a brand or a type of gin?

    Tim
    It's actually both, and also a place name. It just so happens that it is only made today by one company, but that was not always the case.

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    Plymouth gin was a cross between a Hollands gin and London Dry. Probably as taste for gin turned drier in England, in the far-flung port cities the older tastes held on and hence Plymouth gin having attributes of the old (original) zesty mashy Hollands gin and the newer, more neutral alcohol-based London Dry style.

    Plymouth gin, as befits a drink named for a British port town, has naval associations. A Pink Gin was an officer's stand-by for years. Throw bitters in a glass, toss out the excess, pour in a tot of Plymouth gin. Ice? I say, sir!

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    I have always fondly remembered a very old WW II movie, something like "The Pursuit of the Graf Spee". A young Patrick MacNee was an assistant or something for a British admiral. After an intense session of planning and coordinating to solve the problem at hand, the admiral asked the MacNee character, "Where is the sun?" MacNee replied, "It just crossed the yardarm, Sir." To which the admiral responded, "Well then, open the gin."

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    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle
    Plymouth is a brand of gin. I checked the wholesale price list in Alabama, they show it as available (pg 22).
    I have never seen it.

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    Well, the other night, when I was mixing that school of Flying Fish, I made one with Bombay Sapphire. Overall, I'd say I liked the Plymouth better - but I definitely wouldn't turn down one made with Sapphire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ratcheer
    Is Plymouth a brand or a type of gin?

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    plymouth gin is as far as i know the only gin in the world today that has an EU regulative protecting it's origins. plymouth gin has to come from the city of plymouth. it is also the gin that was drunk by the british navy, and the only "correct" gin to use in a classic pink gin. in the 'savoy book of cocktails' from the 1930's, it is also the only dry style gin used in cocktails (e.g. dry martini)

 

 

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