Plymouth Gin Distillery is best known for producing Plymouth gin – not just a singular bottling, but an actual style of gin. It was the only gin in the UK to have a Protected Geographical Indication within the European Union as, by law, it can only be produced in the town of Plymouth.
This status was awarded after a London distiller began producing a bottling it called ‘Plymouth’ gin. A legal judgement followed in the 1880’s which sided with Plymouth-based distilleries who sought to protect the name. However, this protective status will lapse and is not set to be renewed.
Plymouth gin as a style was dominant for some time as the gin of choice in many cocktails, as you can see from its numerous inclusions from the Savoy Cocktail book from 1930. It was also a favourite of the likes of Winston Churchill and Alfred Hitchcock yet. At Plymouth Gin Distillery, the only current variety of Plymouth gin is produced in a still which has not been changed for over 150 years.