I'm not normally a gin drinker, but with the festive entertaining season around the corner I thought it would be worth adding this to the drinkscabinet in readiness. I was surprisingly pleased I did. The sipsmith dry gin is a pleasant, light and subtle tasting gin. I'm not sure I'm enough of a connoiseur to pick up the individual ingredients, but I it certainly tastes crisp and fresh, and has a lovely nose to it. It came beautifully packaged, which is another indication that this is a drink of quality. I'm looking forward to testing it out in some festive cocktails now! Cheers!
The V.J.O.P. on the bottle stands for Very Junipery Over Proof, and the juniper is nice and strong. This makes this particular gin good as a mixer in gin based cocktails, or for people who want the juniper in their gin to stand out, and not be too drowned by all the other botanicals.
The gin is the most important part, but I would like to comment on the bottle, which has an inscription indented into the glass, a cork-style stopper, which makes a satisfying pop when you pull it out, and a wax seal. I like these little attentions to detail.
Overall this is a really nice addition to any gin lover's drinkscabinet.
Although whisk(e)y is usually my spirit of choice I do enjoy a G&T from time to time. Our drinkscabinet 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: Juniper Berries, 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 drinkscabinet 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.