Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin is distilled from the finest English Barley spirit with 10 carefully selected botanicals, and blended with the exceptionally pure water of Lydwell spring, one of the sources of the River Thames. The result is an interpretation of the classic London Dry style that nods to its heritage and emerges as a particularly dry gin with a wonderful burst of juniper and a zesty, citrus freshness.
Sipsmith was established in London in 2009; it is the first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in 189 years. The Beefeater Distillery was the last to launch before this in 1820 and is the only distillery from the 1800s that remains in London, based in Kennington.
Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, respectively former Fuller’s and Diageo employees. Jared Brown is Sipsmith’s master distiller. He is a historian of drink and director of Exposition Universelle des Vins et Spiritueux. In the past he developed spirits in Sweden, Norway, Vietnam, and in the US.
The Sipsmith distillery is based on a residential street in West London on the site of a former microbrewery, later the offices of beer hunter Michael Jackson. Their still was made by the German still manufacturers Christian Carl. The copper pot still has a capacity of 300 litres (66 imp gal; 79 US gal) and is called Prudence.