Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
Gilpin’s is a limited edition gin for gin purists. For a lifetime gin drinker like myself, you can’t help but appreciate the clarity and the complexity. Taking a deep sniff, you’re greeted by juniper and citrus aromas at first (Gilpin’s infuses three citrus peels: lime, bitter orange, and lemon), with underlying notes of something deeper and earthier – sage and borage as it turns out, which are being used for the first time in a London dry gin. Coriander and angelica complete the round up of the eight botanicals.
Handcrafted in small batches, this crystal clear London dry gin is distilled five times using traditional pot stills with botanicals steeped in quadruple-distilled grain spirit. Once the essential oils and other flavours have infused into the spirit, it is then distilled once more to produce the final gin ready for blending, settling and bottling. Each is labelled with the year of distillation, batch and individual bottle number.
It’s an English gin through and through, made from English grain spirit and water from the Lake District; the Holy Well Spring in the village of Cartmel has spent years collecting Lakeland rain (and unsurprisingly, it rains a lot in the Lake District!), which filters through limestone and a bed of ancient willow-peat.
For me, this is a perfect Martini gin – ultra-smooth and sophisticated – but it’s also great in simple cocktails that allow the elegance to shine through.
+776250 700 ml $60.25