We interrupt this blogging stuff for a brief (and completely un-sponsored)
blatant plug non-commercial message.
As Loyal Friends & Readers know well, I love me my gin. Mostly, I love it with Angostura Bitters (to make it pink) and a 7-Up/Sprite mixer to make it a thirst-quencher, which it is, oh yes indeed it is.
Because I add the above mixers, the brand is mostly irrelevant, as long as it’s London dry — Booth’s, Beefeater, Gordon’s, etc. — although I will confess to buying Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray quite often too, especially if they’re on sale.
Most of the “new” gins (e.g. Hendrick’s and Bulldog) have a flavor distinct from London dry, which makes the unadulterated sipping thereof a little problematic for me — others have compared it to sipping the peaty Laphroiag vs. the smooth Glenmorangie whiskies — and in general, I’ve pretty much grown up drinking “pink ‘n lemonade” (Brit-speak for 7-Up) by the pint, rather than sipping the lovely stuff anyway.
That’s all about to change, because I have discovered a fine “sipping” gin at last:
Good grief. Smooth, clear taste; no afterburn or bitterness… I don’t even want to try adding bitters and 7-Up to the lovely stuff, so good is it on my tongue. And it’s relatively new on the market (story here) which may be why I’d never tried it before.
It’s a little pricey — about $15 a bottle more than, say, Gordon’s — but considering that I’ll be sipping it and not (ahem) chugging it down in beermugs with my bacon & eggs in the morning [some exaggeration], the cost isn’t that important.
There are other varieties of Sipsmith, e.g. “VJOP” and “Blue Label”, and the distillery also makes vodka and sloe gin, amongst other types,
…but for now I’m going to stick with the “regular” London Dry until I’ve sampled a case or two before I start going crazy and experimenting. And the next time I’m in Londonistan, it’s to the Sipsmith Distillery I’ll be going.
Seriously, this is lovely stuff — and if you’re one of those
heretics unfortunate souls who doesn’t like gin, you could do worse than to try this on the rocks at first, just to see. It may change your life*, as gin has done for so many others over the centuries.
*not always for the better, of course, but we’re all grownups here. Oh, and as always, I get nothing from anyone for plugging their products, and this time is no exception.