Sipsmith V.J.O.P. boasts bold juniper flavor

When Sipsmith opened for business in 2009, it was the first distillery in London to use a copper still in nearly 200 years.

This old-fashioned way of doing business results in timeless gins with modern character. There is nothing new in terms of botanicals — juniper, Seville orange peel, Spanish lemon peel, orris, licorice, angelica, cinnamon bark, Spanish ground almonds and coriander are all familiar players in the gin game. Still, it's the combination of ingredients and the distillation process that has brought Sipsmith consistent notice. In 2014, the company released a high-proof version of its London Dry style with the tongue-in-cheek name of V.J.O.P., as in "Very Juniper Over Proof." The juniper is not just at the fore — it's a booming symphony in "J" major, as Sipsmith says, thanks in part to the strong character of the spirit. The scent, the taste and the finish scream juniper. This is a gutsy gin that never apologizes for its bold flavors.

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Price: $40 for 750 ml. ABV: 57.7%

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