Sipsmith Distillery, England / by Alastair Wiper


This is the Sipsmith distillery in Hammersmith London, and they make really good gin. I really like gin. The beautiful still is called "Prudence", and is the first copper still to start working in London for a couple of centuries - she can produce about 280 bottles a day of gin using botanicals from all over the world: Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Sevillian orange peel and Spanish lemon peel; in case you were wondering.Three guys with the most amazing names started Sipsmith in 2009: Jared Brown, Stamford Goldsworthy and Fairfax Hall (ok, well two of them have amazing names). People with names like that have to be destined for greatness in something or other. They all had backgrounds in the world of drinks, and they commissioned CARL, Germany’s oldest distillery fabricator, to build them "Prudence", the only one of her kind. Then apparently they found a farmer somewhere in Gloucestershire (the source of the Thames) that likes gin and has some very good water in his spring that he would like to swap for a lifetimes supply of Sipsmith. Then they started selling it, and it seems they can't sell it quick enough.

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