Previously, Juniper Green gin has been a strong contender for my gin of choice. After trying Sipsmith gin for the first time yesterday, I was struck by its similarity to Juniper Green gin; however, memory can be a tricksy thing and the only way to settle the battle for favour would have to be a good old-fashioned gin-off, where these two junipertastic titans are pitted against each other in a merciless struggle for supremacy.
After an entirely unsuccessful search for Fever-Tree tonic water, the contestants will be graced with inferior equipment (namely Schweppes tonic water). However, the wedge of lime and the ice will be standard issue, the glass will be straight-sided and the panel sober.
The referees were appointed (me and my mum – whom we are visiting this weekend) and the drinks prepared. Giving each bottle a sniff, for the sake of aroma comparison, resulted in a very similar yield. The Sipsmith may have held the edge over the Juniper Green in clarity of scent, but on the whole, they were fairly similar.
Sampling the G&T told a different story though. While the Juniper Green did not disappoint, the Sipsmith was the clear victor in the mouths of both judges. Sipsmith gin made the smoother drink, and it blended with the lime in a way that the Juniper Green couldn’t quite manage. Don’t get me wrong, the Juniper Green wasn’t rough by any stretch of the imagination, nor did the lime taste like an unwelcome intuder in the glass, but the Sipsmith gin was such a rounded and complete G&T experience, it was like comparing Susan Boyle against Luciano Pavarotti.
Sipsmith gin is, quite-frankly, awesome. It doesn’t have any gimmicks or weird ingredients to make it stand out from the crowd, it is simply gin created to be excellent; its USP is uncompromising quality and it delivers that by the barrow-load.
Will I be buying more Sipsmith gin when this bottle runs dry? Absolutely.