Whether you'll enjoy this gin will depend on what type of gin you typically like best; if you're into "savoury" gins like Ophir, you'll probably think this is rank. If you're into floral or fruity gins, this may be too close to the Gordons end of the spectrum (though its definitely nicer than Gordons, like its more refined cousin!) Personally I'm a fan of citrus gins (Tanqueray n10 and Tanqueray Rangpur are my favourites) - and this gin promising citrus notes was what made me click on it when it showed in my vine queue.
The bottle is pretty simple. It looks fine in with the other gins in my cabinet but not a standout - and thats kind of, to me, just like the taste; its a nice typical dry gin but nothing breathtaking. The flavour is heavy juniperberry with a smidge of generic citrus hint, and it makes a good G&T - but to me it was so similar to Gordons that I tested it blind with a friend, who thought "its a bit nicer... is there something different with the tonic?" - from this and my own opinion, I would say it's definitely better than Gordons, but so similar that unless you had an extremely sensitive palette, you probably wouldn't notice it as a different gin with a mixer.
Neat, its very warming and does indeed have a smooth mouthfeel - kind of like a really good whiskey - it doesn't kick you in the face, but heats your throat - just in a more mellow and fragrant way than whiskey would.
All in all - a nice gin, and probably one I would recommend as an introduction to someone who wasn't sure if they'd be a fan of gin - its basically pleasant, safe, and does have a great juniper flavour - but it's nothing outstanding or distinctive (to me anyway!)
It has been years since I last had some gin, and then it was used as a mixer, so it was nice to open this bottle and instantly be hit by the smell of juniper. Of course gin is usually a drink served with tonic, or part of a cocktail, which most people know anyway, but when it first became popular here it was imbibed straight. Really with a good quality gin such as this this is how you should ideally drink it, with nothing added. Once you start adding other ingredients you are thus degrading and covering the real flavour of this, which is tantamount to sacrilege.
Gin has really started to have a renaissance this century with more people coming back to this lovely drink. I have read an article about Sipsmith before but this is the first time I have tried any of their drinks. This admittedly will go nice with tonic or indeed a very good Martini (but only if you use other quality ingredients). Of course gin isn’t gin without the botanicals and in this case we have Macedonian juniperberries, Seville orange peel, Spanish lemon peel, Italian orris root, Spanish liquorice root, Belgian angelica root, Madagascan cinnamon bark, Chinese cassia bark, Spanish ground almond, and Bulgarian coriander seed, which in all give this a smooth and lively taste.
At the moment I do have a bit of a cold so it isn’t perhaps the best time to be able to differentiate between all the subtleties when I sip this, but I am getting a clean slightly fruity taste with a peppery and spice hint which all tastes very fresh and cleansing. Because of my cold aroma wise all I am really getting is the juniper, but that smell is nice enough anyway. This is certainly a lovely London Dry Gin and is a pleasure for the taste buds, so why not give it a try? This would be ideal for someone who loves gin as a present, and also ideal to drink when you have guests.
Gin can really be a lovely drink, so forget some of the bad things that have been said over the years and relax with a top quality drink. On another note this came very well packaged so don’t worry about ordering it here to be sent to you.
Sipsmith's London Dry Gin is a great value for money, classy gin, containing ten botanicals that give a slightly citrusy, whilst floral taste. Sipsmiths are proud that their botanicals come from all across the world; the full ten are: Macedonian JuniperBerries Seville Orange Peel Spanish Lemon Peel Italian Orris Root Spanish Liquorice Root Belgian Angelica Root Madagascan Cinnamon Bark Chinese Cassia Bark Spanish Ground Almond Bulgarian Coriander Seed
Obviously, I don't think you can taste all of these, but it may well be the combination that creates the winning and distinctive formula for a delicious gin and tonic. This definitely tastes different to the usual brands such as Gordon's and Bombay Sapphire, and even Tanqueray, with much more 'aroma' and a smoother taste on the palette especially considering the price. And a little goes a long way - I can't wait to enjoy more G&Ts!
Although whisk(e)y is usually my spirit of choice I do enjoy a G&T from time to time. Our drinks cabinet usually has some Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire on board but this year we have become a bit more adventurous with our gin selection and have added some Penderyn Brecon Botanicals from the Welsh distillery best known for it's whiskey and also some Monkey 47 from the distillery in the German Black Forest. I had seen a feature on the Sipsmith distillery on TV a while ago – possibly with Giles Coren – and was very pleased to be offered the chance to try some for myself. This Sipsmith is a classic London dry style gin, one of the few to still be actually produced in the capital; it uses 10 botanicals in its maceration: JuniperBerries, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Licorice Root, Orris Root, Ground Almond, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, Orange Peel and Lemon Peel.
This Sipsmith is a superior gin that is obviously produced by people who care about their products. It is presented in a distinctive embossed bottle and has a label featuring a stylised illustration of their German- built copper still, affectionately known as Prudence. As for the gin itself it is definitely one gin drinkers will want to try for themselves – if you have not tried Fever Tree tonic I would suggest that it compliments the Sipsmith gin perfectly, but perhaps also try with your regular tonic for a proper comparison with your usual gin.
With Christmas just around the corner your drinks cabinet may need a bit of restocking – if you want a gin that will be a bit of a talking point amongst your guests then this Sipsmith London dry gin would be ideal. For a premium product that is produced by hand this gin is very reasonably priced – and it does taste very good too! Recommended to gin lovers everywhere.