As winter starts to bite, nothing beats a warming sloe gin sipped slowly in front of a fire. So we’ve selected the 7 best sloe gins for you to try.
2015 has been a brilliant year for sloes thanks to the wet summer and mild winter. You can still find them on blackthorn bushes so if you hurry you can still make your own sloe gin.
However, the key to a good sloe gin is patience. You need to wait at least 3 months for the fruit flavours to infuse and ideally you want to drink this year’s batch of sloe gin, next year. So while you wait we’ve put together a guide to some of our favourite sloe gins.
For starters, you have to love the name, and it really sums up the patience, care and back to basics approach they take to producing a delicious sloe gin.
Sloemotion are a family business based in Yorkshire with serious green credentials. All their fruit is sustainably grown, harvested locally and they work hard to recycle as much as possible, even using the “spent” fruit to make a range of chocolates.
Sloemotion use a higher proportion than normal of sloes to make their gin which allows it to achieve a really rich, fruity flavour with a strong cherry finish. Idea served neat over ice.
Buy Sloemotion Sloe Gin today. £30 for 70cl
Another key tip for a good sloe gin...use a great gin to start with. Since Hayman’s Sloe Gin is based on Hayman’s award winning London Dry you’d struggle to find a better gin to start with.
This beautiful, ruby red liqueur is based on an old family recipe, and the Haymans know all about old family recipes, they’ve been making gin for over a 100 years. This is a strongly sloe-flavoured drink, especially on the nose, with just a hint of cherry in the background.
And at £21.00 for 70cl it’s very reasonably priced too. A great Christmas gift for gin lovers.
Buy Hayman's Sloe Gin today. £21.00 for 70cl
The good professor is known for his eccentricity and innovation so not surprisingly his sloe gin is a little bit unusual. Rather than steeping sloes in gin, the sloes are added at the same time as the other botanicals (which include juniper, cinnamon, coriander, cloves and orange peel) in a process called cold compression. The end result is a sloe gin that’s closer to gin in flavour and mouth-feel than a normal sloe gin-liqueur. That makes it great to use in cocktails that call for sloe gin.
It’s also positively bursting with Christmas flavours thanks to the botanicals chosen and, like all the good professor’s creations, comes in a beautiful bottle that’s almost as great as the gin inside it.
Buy Professor Ampleforth’s Bathtub Sloe Gin today. £25.00 for 50cl
Sipsmith were really the guys who got the small batch artisanal gin revival going. They were the first to apply for a license to distil gin in London for almost 200 years and their London Dry is simply one of the best gins in the world. So, unsurprisingly, they make a very nice sloe gin.
Sipsmith Sloe has a gorgeous taste of redcurrants and ripe winter fruits with just a hint of soft cherry and an overall, well rounded fruitiness. This pairs really well with a cheeseboard, or try it with a lemon tonic for a long drink that’s ideal at Christmas parties.
Buy Sipsmith Sloe Gin today. £25.00 for 50cl
Crafted by Master Distiller Joanne Moore, Bloom is inspired by the English countryside. So a sloe gin was a natural evolution of this exquisite gin.
In Sloe Bloom, the sloe flavours take a backseat to almond and kirsch notes before resurging in the aftertaste. Unlike Bloom, which is very delicate, this is rich and full-bodied. A great winter digestif. It’s also a limited edition. Definitely one for the gin collector’s out there.
Buy Sloe Bloom today. £20.00 for 50cl
More famous for their beer, but Adnams make a beautiful range of spirits too including one of our favourite gins. Their sloe gin is less sweet than most, instead it perfectly balances tart fruit, with warming, jam-like sloe flavours and bitter almond notes. Definitely worth trying, especially if you’re a London Dry fan who hasn’t made the leap to sloe gins yet.
Buy Adnam’s Copperhouse Sloe Gin today. £22.00 for 50cl
Our absolute favourite sloe gin, so much so that we’ve added it to our Gin Festival in a Box and Gin Festival at Home sets. Addingham Fruit Liqueurs make a fabulous range of drinks infused with locally sourced, picked and foraged natural ingredients from their home in North Yorkshire.
Addingham Fruit Liqueurs Sloe Gin is a classic sloe gin in every regard and we wouldn’t change a thing about it. It’s delicious on its own or, if you’re feeling really festive, try it topped up with a dash of prosecco.
Buy Addingham Fruit Liqueur Sloe Gin today. £25.00 for 50cl
Whether you make your own or order from us, a sloe gin is the perfect drink choice for when the weather is not so perfect. Cheers.
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