With autumn upon us, sloe gin enthusiasts are venturing outside, each making their way to the secret spot where they annually harvest the fruit of the Blackthorn tree, completely free of charge.
Whilst those who take pride in creating their own gin will soon begin the three-month process of steeping sloes in good quality gin and sugar, there are alternatives on the market for those who can’t wait to sample their wares, including Plymouth Sloe Gin. One sip of this luxuriously bittersweet and boozy liqueur is enough to confirm to the drinker that they too can enjoy a taste of autumn without getting their hands dirty.
Plymouth Sloe Gin celebrates the age-old tradition of fruit gin production, with a recipe dating back to 1883. Its distinctive rich red colour is created by steeping sloe berries in high-strength Plymouth Gin and Dartmoor water for four months. This creates a smooth taste, striking the balance between the sweet and bitter flavours of the fruit and subtle hints of almond. The result is a full-bodied taste on the palate, with a long, fresh and fruity finish.
Sloe gin was a popular digestif in the Victorian era, and has stood the test of time to become the perfect accompaniment to dessert and cheeses, or an authentic winter warmer.