- Food & Drink
Sipsmith London Dry Gin
Sometimes, when I’m laid on the sofa watching Murder, She Wrote with a gin and tonic positioned just close enough to my face that I barely even need to tremble my lips in order to suck up the booze, I wonder to myself: “Is this it? Is this what my life has amounted to?”
It takes a while for my neurotransmitters to fire up, but eventually they get going and I answer the question with a: “Yes. Slumping your flesh on a heap of quaking Swedish flatpack furniture, staring at a woman in a thick knit and fisherman’s hat labouriously wade her way through a business quarrel that’s got out of hand while you numb your soul with distilled spirits and quinine is the Mount Atlas of your existence. Good, isn’t it?”
Depending on the gin, sometimes it’s very good indeed.
Day or night gin? It’s 41.6%, so I classify this as a night gin (also suitable for drinking while watching afternoon crime drama marathons).
What does it smell of? If petrol were a perfume, it would smell like this. A caressingly gentle whiff of citrus and bark with a green, spicy note. The man of my dreams would splash this on like aftershave.
What does it taste of? Like a savoury summer garden. There’s a piney bite of juniper, a sweet splash of angelica and a tingling mash of spices that lingers long after the gin has disappeared down my gullet. Sipmsith is my favourite gin for a martini precisely because of this smooth wash of flavours. When it tastes this nice, I can’t see why you’d both mixing it with tonic.
Buy it? Absolutely. No mater how many gins I try, none of them ever dislodges Sipsmith from my top three gins of all time. You can buy it directly from Sipsmith for £27.49 or Majestic sell it for £25 and free delivery.