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Jensens Gin

Historic Gin from a Historic City

After Christian Jensen first tasted the vintage Gins from London’s lost distilleries, creating a finely balanced Gin that honoured these forgotten recipes became his obsession. That’s why Jensen’s is distilled in small batches, using only the traditional Gin botanicals.

It’s amazing to think that once upon a time, some 17,000 stills operated within the city of London, fuelling the city’s first Gin craze. When we first started working with Jensen’s, there were only nine licensed craft distilleries scattered across the town from Battersea to Bermondsey and, these represented the first new licensees since Beefeater in 1820!

Focusing on crafting small batches of authentic, pre-industrial style Gin, the small team behind Jensen’s distillery are emblematic of the new breed of passionate, well-versed distillers rejuvenating the London Gin scene.

Housed in one of the Bermondsey railway arches (just behind London’s Maltby Street), everything about Jensen’s—from its 500-litre cap, custom-built John Dore & Co column still, to its ‘lost recipe’ London Gins—is built on authenticity. Even the laboratory has the air of a 19th-century apothecary, albeit one with a broadband connection. 

The Bermondsey Dry gin is a recreation of a classic, old-fashioned London Dry style. Smooth and rounded, with delicate floral and citrus notes it is an essential gin for a Dry Martini. Jensen’s Old Tom recipe was taken from a distiller's handbook from the 1840s. It is a true Old Tom gin, similar to those used by the bartenders of the mid-to-late 1800s. Unsweetened and earthy, it has a deep flavour that adds complexity to many drinks. In today’s congested Gin market Jensen’s stands out as a modern classic. The quality is second-to-none.

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Jensen's Bermondsey Dry Gin
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Jensen's Bermondsey Dry Gin

Jensen's Bermondsey Dry is a recreation of a lost, full-bodied style of London Dry gin. Designed to emulate the gins of the early 20th century, it is a more balanced recipe than became common in the latter part of the century. Less juniper centric, it shines a light of the full spectrum of classic gin botanicals, making it the quintessential gin for the classic dry Martini. Botanical recipe:  Classic gin botanicals only, portioned towards a more delicate and balanced representation of London Dry; less juniper centric. Still:  John Dore & co; an original British gin still making company dating back to 1830, when the company was founded by Aeneas Coffey - the patentee of the original Coffey still. Jensen's still is 500 litres cap, with stainless steel body and a copper cone head and lyne. This custom-build uses a water jacket to heat the alcohol and botanical mixture. It was commissioned in 2012 and licensed in July 2014, becoming the sixth craft distillery within London. Nose: Musky floral aroma, balanced by citrus and juniper. Tasting notes: Soft luscious mouthfeel giving way to aromatics, gentle spice to complement light aromatics on nose; citrus finish.

Nose: Musky floral aroma, balanced by citrus and juniper. Tasting notes: Soft luscious mouthfeel giving way to aromatics, gentle spice to complement light aromatics on nose; citrus finish.

Jensen's Bermondsey Dry Gin
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Jensen's Old Tom Gin
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Jensen's Old Tom Gin

Jensen's Old Tom is a faithful reproduction of an original recipe, taken from a handwritten distiller's notebook and dating from the 1840s. It is unique on the modern day gin market in that it is unsweetened, and the distillery hold evidence that this is the most accurate recreation of the Old Toms that were being used in cocktail making in the 1800s. It's a rooty, intensely complex spirit; a fantastic base for many a cocktail, as well as making a divine gin & tonic! Botanical recipe:  Classic gin botanicals only, tenfold quantity of botanicals used. Heavy sway towards root and spice botanicals.Still:  John Dore & co; an original British gin still-making company dating back to 1830, when the company was founded by Aeneas Coffey - the patentee of the original Coffey still. Jensen's still is 500 litres cap, with stainless steel body and a copper cone head and lyne. This custom-build uses a water jacket to heat the alcohol and botanical mixture. It was commissioned in 2012 and licensed in July 2014, becoming the sixth craft distillery within London. Nose: Huge root hit; ample musk and spice; apparent sweetness on nose yet palate is dry. Tasting notes: Concentrated flavour tightly wound; opens up hugely when mixed.

Nose: Huge root hit; ample musk and spice; apparent sweetness on nose yet palate is dry. Tasting notes: Concentrated flavour tightly wound; opens up hugely when mixed.

Jensen's Old Tom Gin
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“I’d have Jensen’s Old Tom for its thrillingly dirty taste, its wildness and punchy herbal botanicals.” Victoria Moore, Telegraph

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England

Primary Region

London

Availability

National

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