Sipsmith VJOP London Dry Gin
Sipsmith // England
Released in 2013, this gin bottling is called "VJOP" which stands for "Very Junipery Over Proof." During production, a large amount of juniper is added (3x more than their standard London Dry) and the gin undergoes a "triple juniper" process. First, additional juniper is added to the botanical recipe, which macerates with the base spirit for three days. Then more juniper is added following maceration. Finally, during distillation, more juniper is vapor infused with the spirit. The gin is then bottled at 57.7% ABV.
Navy-Strength GinReferring to gins sold at a minimum of 54.5% ABV, most typically London Dry style.
"The juniper is definitely the star here with anise and coriander following right behind. The citrus notes, particularly the orange, are bright and bring out the almond flavors. The gin is clean and has a crisp, spice-driven finish with the juniper/piney notes just jumping out of the glass. Martinis await to be made."