Sipsmith

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Coordinates: 51°29′53″N 0°14′01″W / 51.49806°N 0.23361°W / 51.49806; -0.23361


SIPSMITH
Industry Distilled Beverage
Founded 2009
Headquarters LondonEngland
Key people Sam Galsworthy, Fairfax Hall & Jared Brown
Products GinVodka
Website http://www.sipsmith.com

Sipsmith is a microdistillery located in London. It is the first copper-pot distillery to open within London's city limits in nearly two centuries.

History[edit]

The Sipsmith Boys (Left to Right): Jared Brown, Sam Galsworthy, Fairfax Hall

Sipsmith was established in London in 2009. The first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in 189 years, it is one of only four gin distilleries located within London's city limits.[1] The Beefeater Gin Distillery (established by the John Burrough's Company in 1863), Thames Distillers, Sacred Microdistillery, The London Distillery Company and Sipsmith are the only remaining licensed distilleries in the nation's capital. Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall, respectively former Fuller’s and Diageo employees. Jared Brown is Sipsmith’s Master Distiller. A drinks and spirits historian and publisher, he has developed spirits in Sweden, Norway, Vietnam, and in the US[2] over the past 12 years.

The Sipsmith distillery is situated on a residential street in West London on the site of a former microbrewery, later the offices of beer hunter Michael Jackson.[3] Its still was designed and produced by the German still manufacturers Christian Carl. Named "Prudence", this copper pot still has a capacity of 300 litres (66 imp gal; 79 US gal). "Prudence" is the subject of their iconic swan neck copper still labelling, created alongside their visual identity and brand by Perry Haydn Taylor's agency, big fish, before Sipsmith was started. [4]

Production[edit]

Sipsmith's first two spirits are a Barley Vodka and a London Dry Gin.[5] These are produced in small batches of fewer than 300 bottles, from an English Barley mash that is created off-site. Each batch is made in a traditional manner with three cuts: the Head or foreshot is discarded; the Heart or core of the distillation run is retained; and the Tail or feints is discarded. The Heart of the distillation is diluted to its final bottling strength with Lydwell Spring water, one of the sources of the River Thames in the Cotswolds.[6][7]

Products[edit]

  • Sipsmith Barley Vodka is 40% ABV. An unfiltered and unsweetened vodka, the spirit derives its flavour from its essential grain base.[8]
  • Sipsmith Sloe Gin (29% ABV) - released October 2010
  • Sipsmith Summer Cup (29% ABV) - a type of fruit cups released in August 2011
  • Sipsmith Damson Vodka (28% ABV) - released in 2011

The distillery won the 2010 Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Newcomer.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Gin Distilleries for London". BBC News. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  2. ^ "New London distillery launches first spirits". The Drinks Report. June 2009. Retrieved June 2009. 
  3. ^ "UK: First gin and vodka from new London distillery". Drinks International. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  4. ^ big fish. "Sipsmith". big fish. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  5. ^ "UK: First gin and vodka from new London distillery". Drinks International. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  6. ^ "UK: First gin and vodka from new London distillery". Drinks International. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  7. ^ "Sipsmith Distillery in Hammersmith". Dinner Diary. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  8. ^ "New London distillery launches first spirits". The Drinks Report. June 2009. Retrieved June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Observer Food Monthly Awards: The Winners". The Guardian (London). October 2010. Retrieved October 2010. 

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