So after a couple of hours last night listening to a psychological analysis of the behaviour of men apprehended for kerb-crawling – “The police said to me, ‘You’ve missed out the heart attack model,'” our lecturer told us. Huh? “‘The ones who, when we start questioning them, loosen their tie and collar and start gasping and pretending they’re having a heart attack,'” – after a couple of hours of that, I got home READY TO TRY THE SIPSMITH VERY JUNIPERY OVER PROOF GIN.
Note, overproof, not ovenproof. I’m not sure what the point of that would be.
How was it?
In a word, superb. In a few more words, this is indeed a gin for juniper-fanatics, and I count myself as one. The juniper is apparently added to the liquid at three different stages. And I just love the curving BOOM of the resulting weighty juniper botanical. The high alcohol (it’s 57.7%) has the same effect as turning up the bass on a stereo, amplifying that lovely earthy spice. There’s a lovely, mace-like, bark-like scent to this one too, though I should probably stop sniffing it at my desk at 10am. Let’s go back to last night. Last night it also passed the G&T test, though mixing Sipsmith V.J.O.P. in my usual 50:50 ratio had me gasping and reaching for top-up tonic. Which is a good thing as it means you can have a fizzier G&T without losing juniper. Nice one.
(If anyone reading this is a stockist drop me a line and I’ll add you to the list)
I also wrote on sloe gin recently for Telegraph Luxury – here – if you want to see