The botanicals complement the slightly sweet notes and the round mouthfeel lead to spicy juniper and notes of lemon tart on the finish.
In 2009, Sipsmith was launched by long-time industry insiders, Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall. The pair teamed up with master distiller Jared Brown to launch Sipsmith, a small-batch artisanal distillery. Sipsmith was the first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in over 200 years. Germany’s oldest still producer, Christian Carl custom-designed Sipsmith’s cooper still – dubbed Prudence. The distillery is located in Hammersmith in the former office of the late Michael Jackson (noted whisky and beer writer, not Moonwalker), who passed away in 2007. The gin is made using the one-shot method, a small-batch approach in which only 400 bottles are produced at a time, and the gin is solely composed of the heart of the run. Once watered down, it is bottled at 41.6% ABV and each bottle is batch numbered. The Sipsmith name is a tongue-in-cheek reference inspired by founder Fairfax’s father - a well-known silversmith in the UK - in that Sam, Fairfax and Jared are “sip smiths” instead of silversmiths.
|(83.2°) A blend of ten classic gin botanicals that include Orris root, lemon peel, ground almond and juniper, master distiller Jared Brown includes licorice root to soften the tannins of the other botanicals and coriander seed and angelica root which lend traditional notes associated with London dry gin.
|We use ten carefully selected botanicals from around the globe to make our London Dry Gin.
Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Sevillian orange peel and Spanish lemon peel.
|After years working in the drinks industry, we struck out on our own to pursue our passion for beautifully handmade spirits. We call ourselves “sip-smiths” to celebrate the craft of distillation and our artisanal methods.
We like to think buildings have a soul. Ours, in Hammersmith, west London, was once home to the esteemed whisky expert Michael Jackson, and before that, was the micro-brewery for a local pub. Now it is where we craft and hone our artisanal spirits. It is as if it knew what it wanted to be all along.
We make our spirits by hand in genuinely small batches – just a few hundred bottles a time. We passionately believe this is the only way to craft spirits of this quality. Inspired by the two hundred years of London distilling history we have inherited, we balance modern technology with traditional recipes and techniques. We like to think that old meets new and the two get on really quite spectacularly.