From the first glance at the bottle, Sipsmith Gin gives an impression of being extremely solid. The bulbous glass bottle features a simple label, with a graphic styling of a pot-still with a swan’s neck.
The reference to the still is not random. Sipsmith is distilled in an old-fashioned copper still named Prudence. The still is the first to launch in London in 190 years, designed by Christian Carl, a German family business who has manufactured stills since 1869.
As you can imagine, having such a specialized still means that Sipsmith can only produce a few hundred bottles of gin per batch in their small Hammersmith location. There are rumors that founder Sam Galsworthy sets off at 4 a.m. every morning to collect water from the Thames for distillation.
All very crafty and heritage-based, isn’t it? But you’re probably wondering about the actual gin.
Unusually, the bottle is closed with a cork rather than a screw-top, just like a fine Scotch whisky. Each cork features a batch number, and if you go to Sipsmith’s website, you can find the particular history of the batch you’ve purchased from.
Once you pop the cork, you know this is no experimental gin. The scent is dominated by juniper. Thankfully. Sipsmith’s website suggests such botanicals as Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Sevillian orange peel and Italian orris root, but none detract from the basic juniper base. They all come together as a delightful complement to a sophisticated gin that will drive your cocktails to the next level.
Sipped neat, the flavors are all well-balanced, with only the cinnamon notes to distinguish it from an old-fashioned London Dry. It is versatile, and the flavors come through cleanly whether you enjoy it with a little bit of ice and water or mix a G&T. We strongly recommend Sipsmith Gin.