The 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 fl y 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, the gun powder could still be fired in battle. Tasting Notes Battle Standard 142 Navy Strength Gin starts out from a grain neutral spirit base and is redistilled with eight botanicals to yield a delicious and unique tasting product that appeals to both gin lovers and non-gin drinkers alike. It works great for a gin and tonic, or a glass of gin on the rocks. Our Navy Strength Gin is perhaps best featured in a Classic Martini with a small spray of dry vermouth and olives.