Cocktails with… Sipsmith VJOP #2

Today’s gin review is something a bit special not currently available in the UK but from a brand familiar and well-loved by most of our readers. The brand is Sipsmith the gin is Sipsmith VJOP (Very Juniper Over Proof). Designed for the Japanese market this second batch is bottled at 52.0% ABV (the first was at 47.7%ABV) and the balance of the ten botanicals have been tweaked Juniper an Angleica have been dialled up to make a bolder, dryer gin; such was the demand from the Japanese market.
Own
nose: Bold, green, vibrant juniper
taste: juniper, angelica and coriander up front and rather smooth initially with a building warmth and a little lemon on the finish. A very classic style that has a lot of mixing potential.

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Gin & Tonic
A big bold gin and tonic with plenty of juniper, followed by citrus and the some sweeter elements like cinnamon nutmeg almost cardamom-like (not that there is any cardamom in there). For fans of navy strength type gins and tonic (I am firmly in that camp) this will be bliss.
Martini
Very classic, with juniper and a little spice. Works very well with a twist of lemon as a garnish although it is a rather potent cocktail but, serve ice cold a good aperitif.
Negroni

Excellent, broad and big flavours that stand up well to the red vermouth and Campari – this is pretty close to a Negroni lovers dream. Superb balance of bitter, sweet and juniper dry. This strong drink would be just right before a meal.
In Conclusion
I’m on record as liking high-strength gins and Sipsmith VJOP is no exception, it’s good on it;s own but excels in mixed drink especially the gin and tonic and Negroni