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Plymouth Sloe Gin

Sloe Gin Liqueur


By Robert Plotkin

After decades of fielding fervent requests from mixologists around the world, master distiller Sean Harrison of the historic Black Friars Distillery decided that enough was enough and set about resurrecting the firm's legendary Plymouth Sloe Gin Liqueur.

Over 200-years old, Black Friars is England's oldest continuously operating distillery. They introduced Plymouth Sloe Gin in 1883 to rave reviews and the elixir quickly became the darling of the cocktail set spawning such classics as Trader Vic's Singapore Sling and the aptly named Sloe Gin Fizz. However, glorious as it was, the sloe gin failed to regain its pre-prohibition prominence and disappeared from sight.

A determined Harrison rummaged through the distillery's archives until he found the original recipe for Plymouth Sloe Gin, which he replicated word for word. The award-wining liqueur is created by steeping sloe berries in high-strength Plymouth Gin for several months. The sloe berry is a small wild plum that grows on the blackthorn bush found in hedgerows throughout the British Isles. A small amount of sugar and soft water from nearby Dartmoor National Park are added to elicit the full flavor of the berries. Plymouth is the only sloe gin traditionally produced with all natural ingredients and no added colors or flavors.

Be prepared to be wowed after your first taste of this sloe gin. It has a generous bouquet of sliced plums and vine-ripened raspberries and a lingering, pleasantly tart finish of honey and berries. Its fresh and exuberant flavor makes Plymouth Sloe Gin a "must have" product.