JVS Navy Gin


"I'd rather be blown up!"

Our JVS Gin is a navy gin, so it’s a little stronger at 55% than your average gin but the aromas of juniper and fresh citrus still come bursting through as you swirl it around your glass.

JVS Gin is named after Jan Van Speyk, a Dutch naval hero. As with many heroes, the stories have become embellished over time so there are a number of versions, but we grew to like the young man who was determined never to surrender regardless of the threat!

Tasting like a 35% tipple, our gin is made with a narrow heart cut. This premium approach to gin production is one of our craft principles that makes a smooth distinguished gin. We add just a touch of tail, which rounds the character off with woody notes.

Who was Jan Van Speyk?

Jan Van Speyk
1802 - 1831

Jan Van Speyk was born in Amsterdam in 1802. He had a tough childhood as he was orphaned when he was just a few weeks old and was bought up in an orphanage for his entire childhood. After originally training as a tailor, young Jan, like many of us needed a career change and went to sea to fight pirates. He did such a good job of turning the tables of terror upon them, that when the Dutch war of Independence began, he was given captaincy of his own naval ship.

Folklore says that Jan Van Speyk’s gunboat was blown onto the Belgian coast due to a freak gale and that as soon as near enough, the Belgians started to row towards the ship. Determined to never be taken alive, Jan Van Speyk was either careless with a lit cigar or took matters into his own hands… The end result was that his ship blew up. On the look out for a good story, perhaps to boost moral, Jan Van Speyk was given full honors by the Dutch Government; declaring national mourning followed by a Royal decree that there would always be a ship in the Dutch Navy in Van Speyk’s name.

Foolhardy or brave, reckless or determined, whichever way you look at it, Jan Van Speyk lived and died for what he believed in.

newspaper jan van speyk

Tasting Notes

JVS Navy Gin

Although a strong gin, JVS does play nicely with others. In honour of its heritage, why not try it in an Admiral Benbow cocktail.

  • 1 part JVS Navy Gin
  • 1 part dry white vermouth
  • 1 part Campari
  • dash of orange juice to taste
  • garnish with orange

Pour all ingredients (except the garnish) into a cocktail shaker with a good helping of ice cubes. Put the lid on and shake using your best mixologist impression until well blended, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add the cherry for the finishing touch and enjoy!