Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin Review

This is Sipsmith's brand new orange and cacao gin. If you're like me, and you like your Jaffa cakes, then this could be the gin for you.

Below are the 3 Videos focusing on;

  • A Review of the Gin,

  • What Tonic Waters with Sipsmith Orange & Cacao

  • What Cocktails can I make with the Gin?

Sipsmith is a distillery, launched in 2009. They, in my opinion, my humble opinion, they are, not solely responsible, but play a major part in the whole gin explosion we've had over the last few years, because up until Sipsmith grants their first, or the first, small batch distilling licence, none of the smaller guys that are popping up now had access or were allowed to distil in small batches. Sipsmith changed that.

This is their sixth product that they've brought to market. So they've got their London Dry, that was the first one they brought to market. Then they've got their VJOP, which is their Very Junipery Over Proof gin, which is absolutely lovely. They've got their sloe gin. They've got their Lemon Drizzle gin, and they've got their summer cup, kind of a Pimm's variant. But I'd say, this is number six, orange and cacao, absolutely lovely.

So let's get on and smell it and taste it and see what it's like. I've been playing with this quite a bit already. I absolutely love it. But straight away off the nose, you get the orange, really hits you.

The Lemon Drizzle gin I don't think is actually as citrusy, as lemony, as it could be. But this is a very, very different. The orange hits you straight away, juniper. I'm not getting much chocolate, much cacao, coming off the nose there. But let's try it anyway. Got a little tasting glass. Let's pour a little bit in there. I'm just going to have this with a tiny bit of ice. I do like trying my gins with a bit of ice, if we get an ice cube to fit in there. There we go.

What does Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin Taste Like?!

That is absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely love drinking that neat. You get a big juniper hitting you. You get a tiny, tiny bit of licorice, I think, coming off there. But the orange and then the chocolate just comes... I've got a chocolate on my lips at the moment. The orange has gone down my throat. It is such a lovely, lovely gin.

As the taste lingers, it goes into marmaladey kind of feel. Bits of vanilla come out. But that chocolate, it's gone from my lips, down my throat. It is probably the best example of a chocolate and orange drink, a spirit, or anything like that, that I've ever tasted. I absolutely love this. I wasn't a huge fan of their Lemon Drizzle, but this is absolutely lovely.

How can you buy Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin?

In your supermarkets now, it is roughly anywhere between... I paid 22 pound for that bottle. It's only a 50cl bottle, not a full 70, but I've seen it in supermarkets in the U.K. for 28, 30 pounds. I'd say this was on offer. I paid 22. Highly recommend you getting hold of this and trying it for yourselves, really, really lovely.

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What Tonic Water with Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin?

Schweppes 1783 with Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

I want to give you my preferred tonic water serves. I've actually got seven different tonic waters here for you. But kind of a couple of them are grouped together. So been played about with this. The first tonic water that I want to recommend. If you really want to get the orange and a chocolate flavours coming through, then in my opinion, Schweppes 1783 was the best a tonic water for that. Do try it with Fever-Tree. As I've said many times on his channel, I'm not a huge fan of a Fever-Tree, it's slightly more bitter for me. I love the Schweppes bubbles, the flavour that comes with it, the smaller bubbles. That's predominantly why I prefer Schweppes over that. I think that work so much better. If you really like the bitterness of Fever-Tree, then that will be for you. But I have say that's my top serve. So Schweppes 1783 just a normal crisp tonic water, that really brings out the kind of chocolate and orange gin and tonic, really, really lovely. So that's the first one.

Fever Tree Mediterranean and Merchants Heart Floral Tonic with Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

Now we're played about with previous orange gin's Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla for instance, kind of Mediterranean, whole Fever-Tree, Mediterranean, citrusy thing works very well. So I had a little play with this, and I've got three here. Now for me, I said before Fever-Tree, this is not a hate campaign against Fever-Tree, I don't really like their refreshingly light range. I prefer, and that's why I've got large bottles because that's the only way I can really get it now, I prefer the normal sort of sugary, it's not a huge sugary, with a refreshingly light, in my opinion, they've stripped the flavour back.

So for me, I'm going to get rid of that straight away. And it was between these two. If you don't recognise that that's Merchant's Heart floral tonic water, a Ocado Sainsbury's in the UK, absolutely lovely. And this is Fever-Tree's Mediterranean. Both are very, very similar tonics. For me it was actually really close. I'm not going to discount either of those two. And the Fever-Tree normal Mediterranean, the full fat version was absolutely lovely. I've got a really soft spot for the Merchant's Heart as well. Just slight edge, just a very, very slight edge for me was the Merchant's Heart. But genuinely both of those really, really lovely. You're not going to do wrong with either of those two, so go out and try those two.

Lixir Elderflower & Lemon Tonic with Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

The next one I came up with, this is a very interesting one, this one for me, this is Lixir, they're from Newcastle, this is their elderflower and lemon tonic. For me, that kind of created a really lovely, a kind of old school St. Clements style drink. Kind of drowns out the chocolate a little bit. You get a bit of vanilla, a bit cacao coming through right at the end. But as a finished drink, that was absolutely lovely. So links in the show notes where you can get these tonics from. Really, really nice. So that's kind of my third sort of choice.

Peter Spantons Chocolate Tonic with Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

In fourth place, this one had come out. It's not very often I get a gin that this will work really well with. But this is Peter Spanton's Chocolate Tonic Water. You can get th