Created in the iconic and oldest distillery in England The Black Friars Distillery, the building dates back to the 1400s. The building is now protected as a national monument and is regarded as one of the cities most precious heritage. Black Friars is indisputably the oldest working gin distillery with records of a mault house on the premises going back to the 1697. It wasn't until 1793 that Mr Coates joined the established distilling business of Fox Williamson and the distilling of Plymouth gin began. The business was known as Coates Co, which it remained until March 2004. Plymouth Gin is now a style of gin that can only be produced in Plymouth by law because it is a protected geographical indignation within the European Union. Since 1793 it has been distilled from a unique blend of 7 botanicals, soft Dartmoor water and pure grain alcohol.