Style: Sloe Gin
Price per bottle: ££
Sam Coyne – 8.0
Nose: Rich upfront and nods towards boozy red berries. Christmas cake mix. Faint floral in the background.
Palate: A rich mouthfeel. Initially a little menthol, before opening up to tart berries wrapped up in a tasty caramel blanket. Subtle cinnamon adds a classy flourish.
Finish: Long – you can feel that coating mouthfeel. A little more tannic than you might have expected.
Comments: Fits with your idea of a sloe gin with a few nods that elevate it. Chilled with a large chunk of ice would suit me nicely.
David T. Smith – 8.4
Nose: Rich, plump and fruity with great jammy notes of cherry and stone fruit. Floral hints of vanilla and almond.
Palate: A balanced sweetness on the palate with honey notes working well alongside a light tartness of raspberry and sloe berry.
Finish: The botanical character comes through well towards the end: juniper, resin, and a hint of citrus zest.
Comments: A clean sloe gin with a lovely balance between fruit and spirit and a pleasant brightness. This would make a fantastic Sloe Gin Fizz.