Sipsmith London Dry Gin is made using the one shot method; meaning the end distillate is cut only with water before bottling (the two shot method sees the distillate cut with more base Spirit, as well as water, before it’s bottled).
Made with 10 different botanicals, Sipsmith London Dry Gin is born from a recipe designed to create a quality Gin which is flexible enough to work in a range of cocktails. And it does!
Featuring juniper, angelica root, coriander seed, cassia bark, orris root, ground almond, cinnamon bark, liquorice root, lemon and orange peel, this is a well-rounded Gin. Juniper to the fore with a citrus tang and spicy finish. A great Gin for Gin lovers.
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Constance, the latest arrival to the Sipsmith family and largest of their stills, can produce around 1,500l of Sipsmith Gin per day.
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When it launched in 2009, Sipsmith was the first copper-pot distillery to launch in London for 180 years.
Due to outdated licensing laws, the UK government made it difficult for small-batch distillers to start up. After two years of lobbying to change the laws, the Sipsmith team were granted their license.
In 2014, the team moved from its home in Hammersmith to a bigger site in Chiswick, West London, to house their growing number of stills to increase production and meet demands. Today, Sipsmith is made with three different stills, named Prudence, Patience and Constance.
The latter produces only Sipsmith Gin, while the other two alternate and produce the Sipsmith full range (including Sloe Gin and Barley Vokda). Despite the huge growth the business has seen in the last five years, the end product is still hand-made in small batches to keep control over the quality of the Spirit.
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Sam: Well, welcome to SipSmith Distillery here in Chiswick, West London, and while you can't tell, we're centered on a leafy residential street. Exactly the type of setting that the distilleries some 200 years ago that first started in London may have also been established in. And talking of 200 years, SipSmith is the first distillery in London for 200 years, born out of an ambition to make Gin the way Gin used to be made and the way it should be made.
And so here, we hope, in our short video, you'll learn a little bit about the culture of SipSmith and how we make our fabulous wares. Because behind you is a working laboratory, where our skilled craftsmen are dedicated to bring new brilliant spirits to life. To my right, we have three pot stills, Prudence, Patience, and Constance, that craft the brilliant wares that, behind me at the training area in the bar, we make the drinks with them. So without further ado, please let me introduce to you the one, the only, the myth, the man, the legend, our own Master Distiller, Jared Brown.
Jared: Let me introduce you to our stills. Here we have Prudence, named because when we started up, Gordon Brown was talking about economic prudence. Our version of prudence was selling apartments and working for no pay for a couple of years to be able to afford a top-notch Gin still. Next, Patience. Patience got her name because we could only afford the bottom half. For a couple of years, she had to be patient before she became the full still. Behind me, Constance, our largest at 1,500 liters, producing all of our London Dry today with perfect constance. This wall of copper behind me is the ideal place to make what I consider the world's finest Gin. We do this in a one-shot method, not making a Gin concentrate, not putting 20 to 25 mils into a bottle, but giving you a full bottle off the still, just cut to bottling strength.
But this is not where the real magic happens. The real magic happens in a tiny corner of the distillery in the lab. Here in the lab, we delve into the weird and wonderful of history. We go far beyond our 10 traditional botanicals, exploring the lost and the forgotten Gins in our own product development, as we like to call it. Cygnet, our 60-liter copper pot still, is our crucible for experimentation for Gins that might make it on the big still or just to the wall. The successes of this wall make it onto the wall of dreams in our bar.
Sam: Fantastic. Well, we're back at the bar and what an appropriate place to end. It's been great fun showing you around the SipSmith Distillery. We've introduced you to the lab where a lot of the wizardry happens, even the pot stills. I think you've even met some of the fabulous SipSmith family. But there's nothing we like more at the end of the day than have a cocktail.
Jared: It's the best part of making the world's finest Gin, isn't it, at the end of the day to raise a glass?
Sam: Certainly is and we really hope you'll come here in person to visit the SipSmith family, but thanks for watching.