Sloe and Honey Gin
St Patrick’s Distillery
Style: Flavoured Gin
Price per bottle: £21-40 (US$27-53)
David T. Smith – 7.4
Nose: Bright cherry and sloe berries: plump, juicy and indulgent with the promise of a delicious spirit.
Palate: Piney juniper, with bold botanical notes followed by tart, slightly bitter nutty sloe berries. Oxidation adds dryness.
Finish: Dry and very slightly astringent with the tart flavour of sloes that lingers for minutes afterwards.
Comments: A dry sloe gin, which, as a consequence, has great potential to be mixed in drinks without making them sickly. Particularly good with bitter lemon.
Felicity Murray – 8.9
Nose: Not hugely aromatic at first but some berry and honey aromas creep through the earthy gin base.
Palate: Subtle, smooth, honeyed and spicy with ginger and dried fruits giving it a warm and satisfying mouthfeel.
Finish: Long, dry and warming with a pleasant and delicate sweetness.
Comments: The natural tartness of the sloes is nicely balanced by just a touch of honey making this a great for sipping or mixing in a long drink. Try with ginger ale and a squeeze of lemon or lime.