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Soaking up the Cornish Festival Season with Sipsmith

After years working in the drinks industry, my business partner Sam Galsworthy (a fellow Cornishman!) and I struck out on our own to pursue our passion for beautifully handmade spirits. We call ourselves “sip-smiths” to celebrate the craft of distillation and our artisanal methods. We were the first copper distillery to launch in London for nearly two hundred years.

We really wanted to bring the Sipsmith experience to life for people that hadn’t had the chance to meet us in London. Port Eliot is such a wonderful festival and being in Cornwall as well it was a clear winner. My favourite bit was ‘Mary’s Bloody Ambulance’. It was a golf buggy we converted into an ambulance, complete with two girls wearing nurses outfits driving around the festival rescuing people from their hangovers with Sipsmith Bloody Marys. As you can imagine it was very popular!

We’re absolutely gutted that Port Eliot is taking a break in 2013, but we understand it’s needed. We’ll definitely be back for 2014 and we’re always on the look-out for fun events to get involved with.

Our Master Distiller, Jared Brown, is always working on exciting new projects at the distillery… one of his most recent was a venison and applewood smoked Gin. It tasted amazing but I doubt we’ll be releasing that commercially!

Sipsmith’s Road Trip Tunes:

I have two young children, so One Direction is often on in my car… hmmm. Last year, one of the Sipsmith team’s brother (he’s a DJ based in Ibiza) organised a playlist for the Port Eliot trip, which was phenomenal.

Sipsmith’s Favourite Tipple

My favourite has to be a classic Sipsmith Martini. Gin of course, super dry with a twist.

Dirty Secret…?

We have had some secret nights in the Sipsmith distillery with the rotavapor (a mini still which can be used for experimentation) distilling many ingredients which should never be distilled…cigar vodka anyone?