This bottle is an alternative to the standard selection of tanquery, gordons and Bombaysapphire. I had not tried this previously but was not disappointed!
Other reviews mention the quality of the gin without a mixer however I cannot take satisfaction from gin without some tonic and ice.. At 41.6% this is a relatively strong spirit which needs to be mixed at the right proportion to be enjoyed. The taste is smooth and refined whilst I noted a vanillary aftertaste left on the palate which was extremely moreish. Certainly a spirit to be enjoyed in anything but moderation!
Highly recommended for gin virgins and enthusiasts alike
Once through the outstanding level of packaging used by Amazon, comprising of two boxes, paper stuffing & an innovative air filled bottle jacket, you are presented with a stunning looking bottle complete with wax sealed pull out stopper & a nice bit of detailed information to the rear of the bottle.
Smelling similar to my usual brand, BombaySapphire, tasting it neat reveals a much greater range of flavour & scents than many brands I have experienced. Pouring probably the equivalent of a quadruple measure, matched like for like with a regular tonic made for a very enjoyable, substantially different Gin drinking experience - more aroma during & after drinking, no lingering artificial aftertaste and a desire to have " just one more " more than once during the evening ! If you like Gin, you haven't tasted Gin until you have had Sipsmith. Whether it's the copper still, the handmade process or the fact it's made in small batches, its worth it.
I attended a lecture (with samples!) presented by Hendricks at the Brighton Festival a couple of years back and learned many interesting facts about gin, including that more new gin makers had set up in the last ten years than in the previous hundred which has to be good news for gin lovers everywhere! Sipsmith are one of these, and although not a distillery I have come across before, they clearly know what they are doing as this gin is quite simply delicious.
This is a gin which you really want to savour and appreciate, and whilst I am not a fan of neat gin, you will definitely do much better if you don't swamp it with too much tonic as this will only be diluting the complex flavour. And a flavoursome mouthful it is too. It presents an interesting mix of flavours. The juniper is quite obvious, and I thought there were definite hints of orange peel, but most importantly it is a well balanced blend which works very well. At 41.6% it is strong, but not the strongest you can get. However, it is so flavoursome that you get the impression that it is significantly stronger.
I like the more interesting gins such as Tanqeray and BombaySapphire mainly because the mixture of botanicals and herbs make for a much more interesting drink than basic London Dry Gin. Their more recent up market introductions - Bombay East and Tanqueray Ten are even better. However, Sipsmiths really knocks spots off both of these, and at a comparable price it is really no contest. My wife and were really impressed at the first glass, but felt obliged to try a second just to make sure!
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 Juniper Berries 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 BombaySapphire, 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 BombaySapphire 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 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.