GSN Review: Battle Standard American Dry Navy Strength Gin

KO Distilling, co-founded by college classmates and long-time friends Bill Karlson and John O’Mara in 2013 is one of the newest craft distilleries in  Manassas, VA. They are proud to be the 19th operating distillery in Virginia and one of roughly 1,000 (and growing) craft distilleries in the United States. They are also privileged to partner with many other small businesses, suppliers and farmers in the local area. They have a large portfolio of unusual spirits, including a Navy Strength Gin.

Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin gets its name from our founders’ alma mater, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). 142 Cadet/Midshipmen from the USMMA lost their lives during World War II serving their country. USMMA is the only federal academy authorized to fly a Battle Standard in memory of those brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice. The term Navy Strength comes from the British Navy’s practice of proofing the Gin provided as Navy rations to 114 proof, so in the event it was accidentally spilled on the ship’s gun powder, it could still be fired in battle.

Battle Standard American Dry Navy Strength Gin (114 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Luscious juniper berry and woodruff scent, with softer accents of lemon zest and rose petal.
Taste: Powerhouse of crisp, dry and juniper forward gin, with just a sly hint of sweetness to lessen the blow. A second tasting brings out more of the citrus oils and herbaceousness.
Finish: Long with some bitter notes on the top of the palate, counter balanced with lingering lemon on the tongue.
Overall: This has a lot going for it.  The botanicals are all well-balanced and most importantly, it tastes like gin.  When used in a cocktail, make sure to properly dilute in order to keep things from going overboard.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: KO Distilling