The Black Friars Distillery is England's oldest working gin distillery and it's where Plymouth Gin has been made continuously since 1793. It has a long association with the Royal Navy.Unlike London gin, which can be made anywhere, Plymouth gin can only be distilled within the ancient walls of Plymouth. Its distinctive taste is created by avoiding too much juniper or bitter botanicals, and using the crystal clear waters from the nearby granite hills of Dartmoor. It is still owned by a small independent company, Coates and Co. Plymouth Original Strength is 41.2% alcohol by volume. It has a distinctively different, slightly less-drier flavour than the much more commonly available London Dry Gin, as it contains a higher than usual proportion of root ingredients, which bring a more 'earthy' feel to the gin, as well as a more smooth juniper hit.