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Bramley & Gage
Damson Gin

Distillery

Bramley & Gage (Thames Distillery, Clapham, London), Thornby, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK.

Website

Bramley & Gage.

History

Started in the 1980’s by Edward Bramley Kain and wife Penelope (nee Gage) at their South Devon fruit farm by making fruit liqueurs. It was only a short time later, using hedgerow sloe berries they moved in to producing Gin’s. In the 1990’s they sold the farm and set up in a building with a small bottling line. Since 2007 son Michael and daughter Felicity have run the business, increasing production from 50,000 bottles to over 200,000 per year.

Production

Made by soaking hand picked British Damsons in their 6 O’clock Gin and sugar - using 4 oz sugar per 70cl bottle of Gin – the same way as their original Sloe Gin. Presented in a tall clear cylindrical bottle to show off the purple and red color, with a simple purple label and gold lettering.

Category

Flavored Gin - Damson.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

26% (52 Proof).

Price Range

$$$ - $$$$. Not available in the USA, however you can get this from Master of Malt in the UK. Be prepared to pay around an additional 70% for shipping.

Botanicals

8 botanicals are used including: angelica, coriander, damsons, elderflower, juniper berries, orange peel and orris.

Name

Named after the husband & wife team who founded the company, and the main botanical ingredient Damsons.

Tasting Notes

The nose is clearly plum red fruit. On the palate this semi-sweet spirit has intense dry fruit (plum) flavor and finishes warmly. It is velvet smooth, full bodied and full flavored.

This follows in the footsteps of their dry original Sloe Gin and is a strong favorite of ours. The intensity of flavor is wonderful and we believe is much better overall than Sloe Gins. If you are nervous of sweet tasting spirits this, whilst still having sweetness about it, is much drier than many similarly produced commercial offerings. This is a true delight to drink by itself and makes a great smooth winter warmer. We can’t wait to get another bottle, well done to the Kain family and team at Bramley & Gage.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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