Sloe gin, a delightful and timeless spirit, has captured the hearts of many. At 6 O’clock Gin, we take great pleasure in unravelling the mystique behind this intriguing tipple. To truly appreciate sloe gin, it’s essential to understand its key ingredient: the humble yet charming sloe berry.
The Sloe Berry: A Small Wonder
The sloe berry, also known as Prunus spinosa, is a close relative of the plum. This small, round fruit features a deep purple hue and a distinct tartness that gives it a unique and alluring flavour. Sloes grow on the blackthorn bush, a thorny shrub commonly found in the hedgerows of the British countryside.
Sloes have been used for centuries in various culinary and medicinal applications. In folklore, they’ve been associated with warding off evil spirits and even used in traditional remedies. But their role in the creation of sloe gin truly sets them apart.
What Is Sloe Gin?
Sloe gin is a luscious and complex liqueur that marries the delightful sloe berry with the rich, juniper-infused spirit of gin. The production of sloe gin is an art that requires patience, precision, and a deep respect for tradition. Let’s dive into the key elements that make sloe gin a cherished spirit.
The Making of Sloe Gin
Creating sloe gin begins with the careful hand-picking of wild sloe berries, usually during autumn when they are ripe and at their best. These berries are then combined with high-quality London Dry Gin, such as our very own 6 O’clock Gin London Dry.
The magic happens during the maturation process, which is significantly longer than the typical gin production cycle. The sloes are left to soak in the gin for at least six months, allowing their flavour to infuse and transform the gin into a delightful elixir. This extended period of maturation results in a smooth, rich, and fruity spirit with just a hint of that distinctive sloe tartness. 6 O’clock Gin Sloe is notable for its lengthy maturation time which is much longer than most commercial sloe gins.
A Symphony of Flavours
Sloe gin boasts an array of flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. You can expect rich, sweet fruit aromas of plum, complemented by the distinctive tartness of the sloe berry. Notes of Kirsch cherry add depth to the experience and a subtle hint of spice rounds out the profile.
Sloe Gin’s Versatility
Sloe gin isn’t just for sipping neat; it’s a versatile spirit that can be used in cocktails and mixed drinks to add a delightful twist. Its unique flavour profile makes it an excellent choice for mixing with other spirits or fruit juices, adding a burst of complexity to your favourite libations. – A personal favourite of ours is the Sloejito.
Sloe berries and sloe gin share a captivating history and a special place in the world of spirits. The sloe berry’s tart charm and the meticulous craft of creating sloe gin have made it a beloved and timeless favourite. At 6 O’clock Gin, we pay homage to this tradition by crafting our sloe gin with the utmost care and dedication.
So, whether you’re sipping it neat or mixing up a delightful cocktail, the allure of sloe gin is sure to leave a lasting impression. Join us in raising a glass to the enchanting world of sloe berries and the delightful elixir they inspire – Sloe gin a delightful and timeless spirit