Sipsmith V.J.O.P. Gin - 70cl - 57.7% ABV
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In 2009, Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall (formerly of Fuller’s and Diageo respectively) after many years of working in the drinks industry. The pair teamed up with Jared Brown (who in the past has developed spirits in Sweden, Norway, Vietnam, and in the US) to pursue their passion for handmade spirits. As a result the trio have created a gin full of authenticity which is now on a seemingly meteoric rise.
The gin is distilled in a beautiful still affectionately named Prudence (after Gordon Brown’s favourite watchword) and is produced in small batches of no more than 300 bottles a time using the traditional three cuts (where only the heart of the distillation run is retained). Once watered down, it is bottled at 41.6% ABV. Every bottle features its batch number and although there may be minute variations between them, each batch will carry the distinct Sipsmith characteristics.
Sipsmith VJOP -
V.J.O.P. stands for Very Junipery Over Proof – and in a nutshell describes what the product is all about. It’s at a higher strength of 57% ABV, and uses around 75% more juniper than their original London Dry.
The result is, as one might expect, a bombastic juniper explosion. Almond, citrus and coriander seem more focused too. It’s like Sipsmith;s bigger brother, with a strong family resemblance but also it’s own idiosyncrasies. The strong cinnamon dry finish is different, with a more pronounced limey note instead. It’s a great addition to the range and worth seeking out.
Read our full review here: Sipsmith Gin