Guest Post: Plymouth Gin & Me

Blogger’s Note: Throughout the early to middle McGee books, Plymouth Gin is our hero Trav’s favorite tipple. Later on he moved to another brand, I believe Boodles. Here, guest poster Walter Abbott provides some tips for those who would like to try the classic clear English liquor.

By Walter Abbott

Before the internet came along, I had to make do with whatever gin I could buy locally—Beefeaters, Tanqueray, to name a few. Drinking Plymouth was only an impossible dream, although I would ask about it from time to time at the liquor store.

Then in the ’90s, via the internet, I found a store in Houston that would ship to me. It was the first time I had tasted the brand. Ever since, I’ve never run out. And don’t intend to ever again.

I save the Plymouth for when my wife and I travel every few months to the same beach I’ve been going to for sixty years: Panama City Beach, West End near the Bay/Walton county line. Often called “The Redneck Riviera.”

There on the balcony of my condo, overlooking the whitest sand in the entire world, I will crack open Blue, or Copper, or Lavender—whichever one in the sequence is next (I date them as I read them)—and toast JDM and Travis, and all the wonderful words that leap off the pages and into my Theater of the Mind.

It never, ever gets old.

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The evolution of the Plymouth bottle

Plymouth Gin is available online at several stores. Not all the vendors ship to all fifty states, so you have to check via Google Shopping. Worth every penny, no matter the price, in my estimation.

This is the cheapest price, but notice it only ships to about about half the states in the U.S.: http://www.internetwines.com/nsearch.html?query=Plymouth

This is the second cheapest, and it ships to almost the entire country:
http://shop.southlyndale.com/store/

I’ve bought Navy Strength and Original Strength. You can tell the difference in taste between the two. According to the Plymouth website, it is all distilled at Black Friars Distillery in Plymouth using the same recipe since 1793. If that be true, it’s the same stuff JDM enjoyed. http://plymouthgin.com/

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2 thoughts on “Guest Post: Plymouth Gin & Me

  1. Didn’t Trav switch to Boodles because Plymouth became a cheaper, mass market shadow of its former self?

    • So McGee claimed in “Lemon.” Bottled in the US, not England, he said. That’s when he switched to Boodles.

      However, the company website claims it’s the same recipe they’ve used since 1793. I can’t speak to what was happening, in the mid ’70s, as that was before I acquired a taste for gin in the mid ’90s. Since then, Plymouth tastes just like it did when I first tried it 20 years ago. I don’t like the new bottle as much as the old round one with the picture of the monk on the back.

      Seems I read somewhere that they had distribution issues for a while until they made a big push in the late 90s to import and sell in the US. Since then, I’ve run across it in stores occasionally.

      Boodles, for my taste, isn’t near as smooth as Plymouth. The Juniper aroma isn’t as pronounced with Boodles, either.

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