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The Gin Act of 1736 – September 29th

By September 23, 2013September 7th, 2016No Comments

Join us to celebrate all things gin with the support of  ‘Fifty Pounds’

Gin Act of 1736




























When William of Orange prohibited the importing of alcohol to

England in the early Eighteenth Century, so began the production

and consumption of (domestic) English gin by huge numbers of

distillers, the majority being of dubious quality.

Its popularity was such, especially amongst the poor, that gin was

distilled and sold in one fifth of all London homes. This excessive

and uncontrolled consumption provoked a rapid degradation of

society, a period given the name the Gin Craze.

In trying to curb this ‘social evil’, the 1736 Gin Act was introduced

during the reign of George II, whereby an annual levy of £50 was

imposed on those wishing to produce and sell gin.

After six years, just two distilleries had agreed to pay this tax.


Shortly after the Gin Act 1736, a family of independent London

Distillers came up with an original gin recipe, known ironically

amongst themselves as ‘Fifty Pounds’ in honour of the Gin Act levy,

which was characterised by its particular smoothness and flavour.

The recipe remained hidden for generations, until the descendants

of those pioneering master distillers rescued it from oblivion and

re‐discovered its extraordinary qualities. so, come and try some!