GSN Review: Sipsmith London Dry Gin

SipsmithSipsmith is celebrating their 5th Anniversary on March 14th of this year.  Imagined by ex-brewer Sam Galsworthy and former Diageo strategy manager Fairfax Hall, they were joined by cocktail and spirits historian Jared Brown who became the master distiller.  The company is only one of four distilleries located within the city of London, England (interestingly, in the former offices of Michael “The Beerhunter” Jackson).  Using a copper-pot still nicknamed Prudence, they produce a startlingly small amount of spirit per run.  Less than 80 gallons is crafted at a time.  The distillate is then brought down to proof with water from the Lydwell Spring.

Made with a blend of ten herbs, citrus and spices including Angelica Root, Cassia Bark, Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Ground Almond, Juniper berries, Lemon Peel, Liquorice Root, Orange Peel and Orris Root, Sipsmith is a traditional London Dry style gin.

Sipsmith Gin (83.2 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: Fresh, crisp juniper with a heady aroma.
Taste: Lots of citrus up front with “hello! look at me!” juniper coming in a close second.  Quite dry and bracing with a fair amount of body and character.  Wintery and warming at the same time.
Finish: Medium long with peppery notes leaving a lasting impression.
Overall: A true artisanal gin that stays true to its English roots.  Easily mixable with anything, yet will give a boost of engaging terroir and intensity.
GSN Rating: A-

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