December 13 2009
It is not often that I find myself sipping gin in a garage in Ravenscourt Park in west London at 10 in the morning, but it is not every day that a new spirits company sets up shop in London. The converted garage houses a rather beautiful pot still called Prudence: flowing from Prudence’s elegant, copper curves are two rather fine distillates, Sipsmith vodka and Sipsmith gin.
The vodka is everything a vodka should be – smooth, with a pleasantly sweet warmth on the palate – but my preference is for the gin, which features 10 top-quality “botanicals” and is brought down to bottling strength with the addition of water from Lydwell spring in the Cotswolds, one of the sources of the Thames.
More unusually, Sipsmith has also produced a mince-pie-flavoured gin, available exclusively for £9.75 as a festive martini from the bar at the Oxo Tower in London: and yes, it really does smell very strongly of mince pies.