Dear Prudence: Sipsmith’s Blythe Spirits

Sipsmith London Dry Gin with botanicals.

Behind the bright blue door of a small white-washed garage in London’s Hammersmith neighborhood resides the first distiller’s license granted in the city for 190 years. Much to the disappointment of its recipients— Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall—the 2008 document was not an elaborately rendered parchment, but a generic, computer-generated slip. Nevertheless, it marked a milestone for the lifelong, 30-something friends and founders of Sipsmith, which produces barley vodka and classic London dry gin in small batches of a few hundred bottles.

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