On the 14th May 2009 the Sipsmith distillery opened for business in Hammersmith, West London. In doing so it became the first new copper distillery to start up in the capital since 1820. The proprietors at Sipsmith look backward over a long and prestigious history of gin in Britain and find their inspiration, but they keep a constant eye on the future and are proud to extend the tradition of craft distillation. The Sipsmith distillery was born of a passion for premium spirits, and its wonderful London Dry Gin, which is available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, is a unique artisan product of the highest quality.
The birth and production of Sipsmith Gin
The copper pot still used in the production of Sipsmith Gin carries the name Prudence and was the first new copper still to get going in London since 1820. The Sipsmith team enlisted the help of Christian Carl, Germany?s oldest distillery producers, to design and install their still. The swan motif of the firm is a salute to Prudence and her ?swan?s neck? form.
Fairfax, Sam and Jared joined together to form Sipsmiths after years of work in the drinks industry. Their firm was born of a love of gin and a deep reverence for the artisan methods of production that result in the creation of the finest premium spirits. Sipsmith Gin, which is crafted in small batches ? merely a few hundred bottles at a time ? is reflective and faithful in regard to London?s illustrious distilling history. The result is an exquisite gin with a well-balanced character and a diverse assortment of flavours and aromas.
Sipsmith Gin?s botanicals
Sipsmith is a firm with tradition written through it like a stick of Brighton rock. That means there are no outrageous surprises or dangerous experiments when it comes to the botanicals in their gin. The list includes Spanish orange and lemon peel, Chinese cassia bark, Bulgarian coriander seed, and six other carefully selected ingredients from around the globe. These make Sipsmith Gin a classic London Dry Gin with conventional but excellently reproduced characteristics.
On the nose, Sipsmith Gin?s aromas are heady and strongly floral. The potency of these natural notes is reminiscent of classic British summer scenes ? and what could be more appropriate than that for a premium gin? Sipsmith keeps it real on the palate with strong juniper tones and a classic accompanying citrus. The gin?s coriander seeds and angelica roots also peep through, and the final impression is of course well-rounded and traditional: dry, warm, and harmonic.
In terms of drinking Sipsmith Gin, which is available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, a gin & tonic is the obvious choice ? this is after all a truly traditional tipple. Also appropriately classic is a dirty martini. Here?s a recipe:
- 70ml Sipsmith Gin
- 1 tbsp dry vermouth
- 2 tbsp olive brine
- A lemon wedge
- An olive
Rub the edge of a martini glass with the lemon wedge. Put the gin, the olive brine and the vermouth into a shaker and shake, before straining over the glass and garnishing with the olive. Enjoy.