Our last two Gins, which we have the pleasure of announcing for tomorrow night, are Diplôme and Sipsmiths London Dry (I know we have had it before but it was a dedicated Sipsmiths night so technically it doesn’t count).
So Diplôme is created in Dijon (famous for mustard) France and have been created roughly the same way since 1945, however the recipe was perfected during WW2. Along with other cuisine and mustard Diplôme is very famous in France for its unique recipe and long standing stature.
After the end of the war, Diplôme Dry Gin became the official gin for the American Army stationed throughout Europe.
Using botanicals sourced from Europe and Morocco, Diplôme Dry Gin is made up of; Juniper (it is a Gin), coriander, whole lemons, orange peel, angelica, saffron, orris root and fennel seed.
On the nose of Diplôme gives a slight smell of cherry trees and cloves, you also get the Juniper and Coriander.
To taste you get the natural hit of Juniper (it is a Gin) but it also has zesty citrus fruit, slightly nutty and possibly lavender. I have heard people say it almost feels oily. I haven’t got that however I stress that we at Gin Club tend not to be wearing Tweed waist coats, while doing tastings and try to thing how the Gin will work and how it will be enjoyed.
I would say that Diplôme tastes old. Old class, it is very French but I can’t describe why. Its French in the way you know Daft Punk are French just by listening but in no shape or form did the French invet Funk music they just seem to excel at creating their own unique identifiable funk based genre. It is a very smooth Dry Gin which works well in many drinks.
So Sipsmiths, well lets begin by saying we love Sipsmiths, their whole range we also have in the Gin Shed.
In 2009, Sipsmith was launched by Sam Galsworthy, Fairfax Hall and Jared Brown to pursue their passion for handmade spirits.
Sipsmith became the first copper-pot based distillery to start up in London in over 150 years, a fact that made the process of being granted a license a long and tiresome affair.
Sipsmith is made using ten botanicals: Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Seville orange peel and Spanish lemon peel.
Each botanical plays its part however a few liquorice, coriander and angelica play distinctive roles.
To taste Sipsmith has strong notes of juniper but there are also definite citrus notes and a depth to the liquid that lingers.
The gin is distilled in a beautiful still affectionately named Prudence where she lives alongside Patience her sister at the Hammersmith HQ.
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