Cocktails with… Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin

Lemon Gin was a regular fixture of the early 19th Century, with Gordon’s and Plymouth both making varieties. These gins were often made via infusion, but fast-forward to the 21st Century and Sipsmith have resurrected the idea with their distilled Lemon Drizzle Gin.

Originally released as a part of their pilot Quarterly Sipping Service (recently more formally launched as the Sipping Society), such was the popularity of the gin, especially with employees of Marks & Spencer, that production was increased and M&S given the product as an exclusive. Here are my thoughts!

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On its own

Nose: Zesty citrus oil and a creamy, citrus blossom, plus a little coriander and leafiness.

Taste: A thick texture and slight sweetness, followed by a fine array of citrus notes; a combination of the fruit, leaf, and flower of citrus that combines to give a lemony flavour in 6:1 surround. Like many signature botanical gins, the juniper is paired back, but that, along with angelica and coriander, is evident towards the finish.

Gin Tonic

Bright, clean, crisp citrus notes sing through, making a very refreshing, really delicious drink – a textbook Gin & Tonic.

Martini

Delightful citrus notes, creamy, and delicate; reminiscent of a lemon syllabub, or – indeed – a lemon drizzle cake, with a crisp, dry finish.

Negroni

A cocktail with a strong and balanced flavour with an extra liveliness from the lemon, which is well-integrated and wonderfully smooth.

In Conclusion

Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle is a fun, modern interpretation of the lemon gins of old. The fact that the flavour is 100% distilled is a great improvement in quality compared with those of the 1930s-1940s. If you are near a Marks & Spencer, it is well worth seeking this out. My favourite cocktail was the Gin Tonic.

Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin is available for around £24 for 500ml Exclusively from Marks and Spencer.

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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