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Independent Spirits is a brand new, up and coming craft distillery based in England. Their still, adoringly titled Prudence, is the first copper still to launch in London in nearly 200 years. Prudence is literally a one-of-a-kind still which utilizes a copper pot base, a carter head and a column still making her ultimately versatile.

Gin is just vodka with botanicals added, right? So what makes this London Dry Gin unique? Well, for starters it is made using in-house pot-distilled barley spirits (very unique and exceptionally tasty but considerably more expensive) whereas many brands purchase commercial grain spirits for their gin production. The 10 botanicals used are certainly very traditional and found in many London Dry Gins but these good ol’ English blokes actually sourced their own choice botanicals. Those botanicals include: Macedonian juniper berries, Bulgarian coriander seed, French angelica root, Spanish liquorice root, Italian orris root, Spanish ground almond, Chinese cassia bark, Madagascan cinnamon, Sevillian orange peel and Spanish lemon peel.

The barley-based spirit really does wonders for this London Dry as it lends a certain depth and body along with a pleasant sweetness. The aroma is classic London Dry with perfumed, floral juniper in the forefront and sweet citrus shining from behind. There is a certain frutiness on the palate that is somewhere between earl grey tea and fruit loops. Wonderfully drinkable yet sturdy enough for a cocktail. Hats off to these fine Englishmen and their wacky still!
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