Almost 3 years ago, London saw the birth of a new distillery, the first one to be given a distillers’ license in almost 200 years. The founders, Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, and their master distiller, Jared Brown, wanted to distill London Dry Gin like it used to be done: in small batches, one shot and by pot-still. This already sets them apart from other new-comers, which were more focused on finding new ingredients to be used in a gin. To make sure they could achieve their mission, they sourced the best classical gin-ingredients from around the globe and they designed a still that they named Prudence, a word they derived off of a quote by Gordon Brown.
The gin is very smooth, almost buttery with the fresh pine taste of juniper coming through in the beginning. There are some very pleasant sweet notes like liquorice, cinnamon and orange in it, together with subtle floral notes from orris root. The finish has great citric notes in it from coriander and lemon-peel.
Schweppes: This combination is pretty smooth, but with a bite. It leaves a dry bitterness at the end, while the overall taste is sweet. It definitely needs lime in this mix, but even with fresh lime the Schweppes is the stronger agent of the 2.
1724: Soft and sweet is the first mouthfeel I get: the gentle bubble in the 1724 plays really nice with the Sipsmith, that releases a slight bitterness and at the same timegives room for the pleasant sweet notes. It leans a bit to the boring side however as they play along nicely but in the aftertaste it regains a bit of those pine flavours.
Fever Tree: Every aspect of the Sipsmith Gin gets room to move around in this mix. All the botanicals in it have just the space it needs, while it gets the right counterbalance by Fever Tree. Combined with some fresh lime it gets a very smooth and long finish with just a little bit of bitterness in it, the freshness of this mix is just great.
Thomas Henry: Again, a very soft nose and I get a lot of flavours right at the beginning: lots of lemon, pine and orange. Strangely, most of these flavours disappear in the middle, are overtaken by the sweeter notes after which the lemon returns full force. The aftertase is mainly lemon with some bitterness. It’s interesting how it developes: it’s a very fresh mix but it loses some points due to ‘middle part’.
Fentiman’s: The combined citric tones in the tonic and gin make this a very refreshing mix. Fresh lime is still needed though, to prevent it from becoming perfumed. There’s a long bitterness in the aftertaste, although there’s an all-over pleasant sweet taste to this mix.
Conclusion: Sipsmith Gin is an amazing product and the creators have rally achieved thier goals. It mixes wonderfully with Fentiman’s and Fever Tree and it comes down to personal taste which of the two one prefers. For me, the mix with Fever Tree had a more complete taste so in my opionion the best mixer with Sipsmith Gin!