Plymouth Sloe gin
A eureka moment came when it was discovered that by soaking Blackthorn fruit in gin and adding sugar, a very agreeable drink was produced: Sloe Gin was born! Plymouth Sloe Gin is based on an 1883 recipe and has since become an important part in various classic cocktails, notably the Sloe Gin fizz.
Sloe berries are slowly and gently steeped in Plymouth gin, soft pure Dartmoor water and a small amount of sugar for approximately four months. The sugar levels are kept low to allow the full flavour of the berries to shine and allow the dry acidity of the fruit to be an important part of the taste. The result is an entirely natural product with no added flavourings or colourings.
Sloe Gin has a rich red colour, which is the result of the steeping process. The result is a smooth liqueur taste with a beautiful balance between sweet and bitter fruit flavours, plus a hint of almonds from the stone of the fruit.
Awards for this gin:
- 2003 Gold – International Wine and Spirits Competition
- 2005 Gold – Taste of the West Product Awards
|Nose:||Clear character of mellow sloe berries, fruity with notes of sweet cherry and a slight scent of almonds.|
|Finish:||Long fresh and fruity.|
|Serve/garnish:||Plymouth Sloe Gin is ideal as an accompaniment to desserts and cheeses or simply enjoyed chilled over ice or simply served neat. Of course – it’s also superb in cocktails.|