By day Matthew Gilpin is a director of a fund management business in St. James’; by night he’s been on a secret mission. The former Royal Navy officer and barrister doesn’t work for MI6 (he says), in fact he has been hidden in a south London trading estate creating the perfect gin and it is finally available and winning countless awards: Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin, a five-times distilled London Dry Gin, is hand-crafted in small batches using just eight well-chosen botanicals.
It is in essence a classic gin made from sage, borage, lime and bitter orange as well as the more traditional botanicals of juniper, coriander, angelica root and lemon peel.
Distilled with water from the Holy Well Spring at Cartmel - which is naturally filtered through ancient willow-peat beds and limestone – and bottled at 47% ABV “the perfect strength for cocktails” this is a genuine London-distilled auteur gin. It has an intriguing warm nose of sparkling juniper top notes and it is absolutely bone dry with a full rounded texture and delicate steeliness.
World Drinks Award 2014 World’s Best Gin
World Drinks Award 2014 Best Traditional Style Gin & Gold Medal
IWSC Judges’ notes:
“Juniper powers its way to the front of some interesting characters where bitter citrus peel is evident and then some herbal notes. Fresh and clean in the mouth with great texture. Long, persistent finish. Certainly a gin with a difference although juniper is ever there.”