Sipsmith London Dry Gin Review And Tasting Notes
The Sipsmith London dry gin is an elegant and subtle distillate that starts from a classic aromatic setting while highlighting a charming citrus delicacy. By now, even the English distilleries have understood that the time has come to lighten, give airness and brightness to our beloved gin. And therefore, it is the citrus fruits and flowers emerge from a forest of juniper and earthy scents.
This does not mean that this Sipsmith London dry gin is not rocky and spicy indeed. It has volume and body, however, it is declined with finesse. It moves sinuously, never too aggressive and without that grumpy roughness typical of battlefield London dry gin.
The botanicals of Sipsmith London dry gin
The botanicals present are classic with a couple of welcome novelties: juniper, iris, almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, licorice and of course, citrus peel. And it is precisely on citrus fruits that the distillate leverages to expand its aromatic borders.
Clean nose of crystalline expressiveness. The aromas are designed with personality and precision, starting from the balsamic resins of the juniper. Then there are flowers, mentholated notes, cardamom, pepper, and all the citrus fruits in the world that hold everything together. The beauty of this gin is not variety and flair (it is actually very classic) but the way it has been processed, as it “appears” to the nose. There are shades, tones, degrees and a play of shadows and lights.
It is consistent with the bouquet on the palate: thick, almost salty sip, driven by good acidity reminiscent of grapefruit and lime and ginger. The structure is ample, with a robust alcoholic boost, returns of pepper and licorice and camphor in the finish. Overall it is smooth, earthy, just right, but well done. It does not have billions of botanicals or suggestions, but what is there has been well integrated and has credibility. Despite having 41.6 degrees of alcohol, the alcoholic sensation on the palate is very velvety.
Price of Sipsmith London dry gin
33-35 euros: a price in line with its competitors’ good quality gins, no objection.
Cocktail to do with Sipsmith London dry gin
If you serve it chilled, it is discreet even neat, but it is a distillate born to enter the Gin Tonic conversation forcefully. Its citrusy charge and excellent drinkability invite you to combine it with not too aggressive tonics but rich in aromas such as Fentimans. It’s also great for Paradise, Tom Collins, Heidi, Bramble, Negroni, Gin Fizz, French 75, Tuxedo.