NB Gin, Scotland
California Sales Only
|Country & Region||Scotland, North Berwick|
|Producer||Steve and Vivienne Muir|
S teve and Vivienne Muir began their adventures in gin as stove-top distillers in North Berwick, Scotland with a pressure cooker and some copper pipes. Thankfully they managed not to blow anything up and, after years of meticulous home trials, developed a classic London Dry Gin recipe. It was good enough that in 2013 they commissioned the construction of a top-of-the-line traditional pot still with a handmade copper head and began turning out 100-liter batches. NB Gin was born.
Their process begins with an overnight maceration of high-quality botanicals sourced from a purveyor that has been in continuous operation since 1882. They use juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cassia bark, cardamom, and orris root powder, which are then added to the still with a neutral wheat spirit and distilled to 96% ABV. That concentrate is then watered back using deionized water—London Dry bottlings permit no other additives after distillation—to create the classic NB London Dry Gin at 42% ABV and the NB Navy Strength at 57% ABV.
In 2018 they were able to build a new distillery in North Berwick which is fully solar-powered and harvests rainwater to handle their cooling requirements. They are still using just the one original still—100 liters at a time—and every bottle is filled, stoppered and sealed by hand. An operation that is geared in every way to classical qualitative excellence and perfect consistency. Available now for broad-market distribution in California for the first time.
|NB Gin||The NB process begins with an overnight maceration of high-quality botanicals--juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cassia bark, cardamom, and orris root powder. These are then added to the still with a neutral wheat spirit and distilled to 96% ABV. That concentrate is then watered back using deionized water—London Dry bottlings permit no other additives after distillation—to create the classic NB London Dry Gin at 42% ABV.
This is a very traditional London Dry gin distinguished by quality and consistency rather than novelty. Think subtle and sophisticated.
Johnny Roxburgh, Party Architect to the Royal Family of England, came across this gin at a golf event in St Andrews (where the future king and queen met at Uni), loved it and decided he wanted to work with Viv and Steve. Only a few years after launch they’ve gone from kitchen table to Royal Birthday and Wedding albums.
|NB Navy Strength||Production of the London Dry Gin and the Navy Strength is identical, except for the amount of water added when proofing. To qualify as “navy strength,” gin has to be at least 114 proof (or 57 percent alcohol).
In the 18th century, British Royal Navy ships used gin as a general cure-all. Most crews stored their gin below deck near the gunpowder. Spills happened all the time, so highly alcoholic spirits were important — gin between 109 and 114 proof could ignite the gunpowder. Thus the name "Navy Strength."