Sipsmith Gin with Sam Galsworthy

Sipsmith is the first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London after nearly 200 years. Established in 2009, founders Sam Galsworthy, Fairfax Hall, and master distiller, Jared Brown have set out to produce a London style gin that celebrates the artistry of distillation.

During his visit to Sydney last week, Sam Galsworthy led a Sipsmith Gin masterclass at the Hazy Rose where he explained the passion behind the craft and introduced the range of Sipsmith spirits.

Sipsmith Gin
Sam Galsworthy

The name Sipsmith was chosen to denote a craft, Sam Galsworthy explains. From the small batch production right down to “Prudence”, the 300L copper pot still made in Southern Germany by an artisan family, it is the passion for handmade spirits and celebration of the craft of distillation that gives Sipsmith its advantage.

Sipsmith Gin is a classic style gin made using ten classic botanicals: Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Sevillian orange peel and Spanish lemon peel. The gin undergoes a 5-hour maceration process with botanicals and us a one shot distillation method, which involves distilling the botanicals with the spirit instead of adding a blend to the spirit.

Sipsmith Gin
Sipsmith Dry Gin, Vodka and Summer Cup

Sipsmith Gin has a good viscosity in the glass. On the palate, it has a rich mouthfeel with a flavour of pronounced juniper, floral notes on the mid-palate with citrus notes and a hint of liquorice. Every bottle has a batch number which you can trace to the date when it was made. A warming, well-rounded gin that goes well in a G&T and a Martini.

Sipsmith Barley Vodka is made distilling English barley spirit and carefully blending it with the pure water of Lydwell Spring. The vodka has a creamy mouthfeel, with subtle buttery notes and a light, nutty finish.

Sipsmith Summer Cup is a style of drink dating back to the 1800s. The drink was launched in May 2012 in England and is based on Sipsmith Gin, blended with summery ingredients including infusions of Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena and cucumber. Summer Cup has juniper and citrus notes on the palate, spices with a refreshing dry finish which makes it an ideal cool summer drink.

Sipsmith Gin
Sam Galsworthy at the Hazy Rose

Sipsmith run distillery tours with tutored tastings which puts it on the must-do list when visiting London.

Sipsmith Gin is featured in our Top 10 Gins article.

Sipsmith
27, Nasmyth Street, W6 0HA
London, England
www.sipsmith.com

The Sipsmith Gin masterclass was held on Wednesday 24 October 2012 at the Hazy Rose in Darlinghurst. Gourmantic attended as a media guest.

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

6 Comments:

  1. I like both the sipsmith gin and the summer cup. Haven’t tried the vodka yet, so will have to get around to it.

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