We went on a weeknight distillery tour at this hipster hotspot.
Welcome to Sipsmith! Whether you consider yourself a gin lover or partial to the odd g&t, this tour is for everyone! Needless to say we were handed a gin cocktail on arrival it was already a good start to the evening.
When you arrive at the tiny Distillery nestled on a back street in West London, you don’t think much of the junkyard exterior. But just like a tardis, we were let into Sipsmith’s hidden world of exclusive gin tasting.
Who are Sipsmith?
The team on hand were less like tour guides but all ginthusiasts themselves. After being told the story of gin from mothers ruin to a favourite spirit we got to understand a bit more about the company. So what is Sipsmith all about? Their mission seems simple. The revival of the London Dry Gin, but with, as Fairfax and Sam (their founders) put it ‘truly uncompromising quality and character’.
Find your bottle!
Our The production method is by no means simple, or efficient but in essence produces delicious gin in individually hand-crafted bottles. To the extent where if you have a bottle of it at home you can search your batch number on their website to see what was happening at the distillery the day your gin was born…Truly unique.
Meet the stills
We then got to see the beautiful stills in all their glory. Prudence was the first copper pot still to launch in London for nearly 200 years. We were told that Prudence was ironically named during the recession when Sipsmith’s owners were being financially prudent to fund the drink we know and love today.
Patience came along four years later, and after patiently waiting the team moved the Chiswick distillery where both stills could reach their full potential. The final copper lady is Constance. The largest still of the three works solely on producing Sipsmith’s most popular London Dry Gin- and we could hear constant hum of her stilling throughout our tour.
Thank you..and cheers!
A fantastic evening all round! It was an opportunity to learn about a craft Distillery gem- hidden away on our doorstep. Here at CheersLondon, we thoroughly enjoyed sipping our way what Sipsmith had to offer!
Thank you Sipsmith!
By Anna Johnston
A bottle of fizz is the definite drink of choice when you’ve got something to celebrate. But do you go with Champagne or Prosecco?
Prosecco can be a delicious, great value for money alternative.
How to pick the best Prosecco?
To be classified as Prosecco, you must look to see if the drink comes from a certain region of North-eastern Italy.
Look for a young vintage, plenty of bubbles and fruity in flavour. Most importantly serve chilled!
Why we love Prosecco
This cheaper alternative to champagne is a favourite of ours and we’ll be sharing all our tips and tricks for the best Prosecco based cocktails and the best deals across the capital.
CheersLondon will find you the best of Prosecco based events happening across London, from afternoon tea with a glass of fizz to a London Prosecco festival… we will have it all. Why not even try a bottomless brunch!
So enjoy a glass of bubbles and thank Italy for bringing us Prosecco!
(Photo courtesy of Wine Gifted)
Health is everywhere. Where once you saw fry-ups, you now see avocado on toast; where once you had hungover Sunday movie clubs, you now have health obsessed running clubs. Have no fear however, we here at Cheers London won’t be quitting our Friday tipples anytime soon! Better yet, London Personal Trainer, Guido Gabriela Basola has given us the low-down on how to stay fit and fun (please don’t tell the fitness army we said they’re not fun).
Before we go into the finer details of what to drink, there is one rule anybody wanting to achieve anything the day after an alcohol fuelled night must adhere to: DO NOT MIX YOUR DRINKS! Yes, we know after one too many, student priced vodka may seem like an acceptable substitute for more pricey G&Ts….believe us, it is not! Choose your drink, and stick to it!
Right, what to drink then? Guido took time out of the gym tell us what drink has the smallest effect on the dreaded bulge (Guido was once manager at top London location Sketch, so knows a thing or two about drinks – you are in safe hands!)
Straight spirits – gin and vodka are top of the list!
Martini – we aren’t completely boring here
Spirit Mixer – Skinny Bitch anyone? (That’s a vodka,lime, soda before anyone gets offended!)
Skinny Prosecco – treat yourself and head to Selfridges for Guido’s personal favourite
Red Wine – here’s one you didn’t know: a glass of red wine will help show your 6 pack due to dehydration. We at Cheers London therefore see it as a necessity, and that’s before we talk about the health benefits of flavonoids!
There you have it then, your one stop guide to keeping your place in the fitness army, whilst also being socially accepted by your work colleagues!
Article by John Kent
Whisky is the latest of our featured drinks, and comes with more complications then getting around London on tube strike day. Have no fear though, as we guide you through the basic steps in our idiots guide to whisky.
1) Whisky vs Whiskey
Trying to impress someone by ordering a sophisticated dram of whisk(e)y? Rule number one, don’t get the nationality wrong! Scotland and Ireland have dominated the distallary scene for years, and pride runs strong through the veins of both nations! It really is simple though:
- Whiskey – the ‘e’ signals an Irish/American origin
- Whisky – spelt without an ‘e’ means it is scotch based, and therefore originates from our Northern neighbours
One simple piece of knowledge ensuring you survive a night out in an Irish bar!
2) Peaty vs Smokey
The pre-eminent aromas of whisky language! Get this one wrong and your facial expression will immediately give away your disdain to the flavour. Choose your weapon wisely!
I will keep it simple – peaty flavour is like the tabacco of the cigar, whilst smokey is well, the smoke part!
3) To Ice or Not To Ice? That is the question
A certain amount of respect goes out to any customer who orders a whisky neat, yet there is a certain sense of Je ne sais qoui about ordering ‘on the rocks’.
Which is for you though?
Much debate surrounds this topic, but in my mind it is best to keep it simple!
- Expensive: neat
- Cheap: on the rocks
- hardened drinker: neat!