In a nutshell: Sipsmith's first alcohol free spirit with juniper.
The lowdown: While it is alcohol free and technically not a gin unlike some other alcohol free spirits the key gin botanical juniper plays a key role here along with zesty citrus fruits. After experimenting with over 100 different ingredients and 189 prototypes Sipsmith's result is highly convincing. Refreshing eucalyptus with spicy juniper undertones on the nose leading onto a crisp and refreshing palate with bright citrus notes, a bit of capsicum heat, and dry, piney finish.
Sipsmith's story began in 2009, in a tiny workshop in Hammersmith, London. Two childhood friends, Fairfax Hall and Sam Galsworthy, had an unwavering belief in things well made - the way they used to be, the way they should be. So they set up London's first traditional copper distillery since 1820 - quite a few have since followed. Their mission was simple: to bring London Dry Gin of truly uncompromising quality and character, back to the city where it first earned its name. Every bottle of Sipsmith is hand-crafted in genuinely small batches. Every drop of every batch is lovingly laboured over by hand, by dedicated Distillers. No regimented timings, no automatic cuts, just a craftsman's flair and a passion for gin well made. They believe this is the only way to craft spirits of this quality.
the current distillery is situated in a residential street in Chiswick close to where it all started. In 2016 they were bought by the Beam Suntory group, but still operate on an pretty independent basis and true to their craft distilling beliefs.