Founded by Christian Jensen, Jensen’s Spirits are produced at the Bermondsey distillery in Bermondsey, London. When Christian Jensen first tasted the vintage Gins from London's lost distilleries, he started crafting a finely balanced Gin to honor these forgotten recipes.
So Jensen's is distilled in small batches, using only traditional Gin botanicals. There is nothing new about Jensen's, and that's why it's different. Jensen’s currently has 2 Gins in its lineup, a Dry Gin, and an Old Tom.
Jensen’s Bermondsey Dry Gin is a recreation of a classic, old-fashioned London Dry style. Smooth and rounded, with delicate floral and citrus notes it is an essential gin for a Dry Martini.
The recipe for their Jensen’s Old Tom Gin was taken from a distiller's handbook from the 1840s. A true Old Tom Gin, similar to those used by the bartenders of the mid-to-late 1800s. Unsweetened and earthy, it has a deep flavor that adds complexity to many drinks.
The story of the Bermondsey Distillery starts in Japan in 2001, when Founder Christian Jensen lived there and discovered one of Japan’s legendary hidden bars. The barman poured Jensen a Martini, which was unlike anything he’d ever tried before.
The Gin used was something that’s no longer produced, with the label almost worn away. On his return to London, Jensen set about finding the recipe to this now defunct Gin. After months of thorough research, he enlisted the help of Charles Maxwell at Thames Distillers, and the two began experimenting and trying to recreate the Gin.
After 10-15 trial distillations, they settled upon a recipe which was true to the original. Jensen persuaded his local bar to take a case so that he could order his favorite Martini in a local bar once more. Jensen’s Gin was born. Production was small scale, but word spread and demand grew.
In 2014, production moved to the Bermondsey Distillery, under the rail arches, just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge. Production remains small, but the distillery not only houses a John Dore & Co. still but also opens as a bar on weekends.