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 juniper berries, Seville orangepeel, 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.
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 orangepeel, 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 Bombay Sapphire 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 OrangePeel 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: Juniper Berries, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Licorice Root, Orris Root, Ground Almond, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, OrangePeel 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.