Style: Sloe Gin
Price per bottle: £21-40
Availability: UK, EU
David T. Smith
Black cherries with dark chocolate – almost evocative of Black Forest gateau.
Extremely thick and viscous in texture. The palate starts with jammy notes of plum and sloe berries with just a sprinkle of cinnamon spice, followed by nutty, slightly tannic tea notes.
The finish is dry with a little sour acidity from the sloes, balanced out by sweet, nutty notes of almond.
A decadent sloe gin, as sippable as Pedro Ximénez sherry, that would be excellent paired with cheese.
There’s a real brightness, like fresh lemon peel, alongside the sloe notes. Green walnuts, juniper, fennel seed and a touch of wormwood.
Sweeter fruit notes upfront, like a freshly baked pie with sloes and raspberries dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg, and orange citrus.
Sour cherry and sloe notes linger long, turning slightly tannic, like black tea.
For such a powerfully flavoured gin, this felt light as a feather. It would be stunning in a spritz with sparkling wine.