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Bramley & Gage
Organic Sloe 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

Wild fruit from organic certified land in the UK and East Europe is soaked and macerated with Juniper Green Organic Gin and a moderate amount of organic sugar. It is presented in tall clear cylindrical bottles to show the deep red color, with a simple dark green label and gold lettering.

Category

Flavored Gin - Sloe.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

26% (52 Proof).

Price Range

$$$ - $$$$. Not available in the USA but try Master of Malt in the UK - be prepared to pay an additional 70% for shipping.

Botanicals

Uses 5 botanicals including: angelica root, coriander, juniper berries, savory and sloeberries.

Name

Named after the husband & wife team who founded the company, the main botanical ingredient organic Sloeberries and the organic base Gin.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is strong cherry and plum (sloes) aroma with faint almond and spice notes. On the palate this semi-sweet spirit has cherry and red plum (sloe) flavor with almond and gin (juniper) notes, plus a hint of citrus, coming through. Smooth and well balanced (bittersweet); there is a warm gin and fruit lingering finish, with an underlying complexity (despite the small number of botanicals used).

This is wonderful drunk by itself and makes a lovely winter warmer. We particularly like the dryness, gin notes and complexity found in this – you feel this is a Gin (whilst most Sloe Gins feel more like fruit liqueurs) – it certainly makes our top 10. The choice of Juniper Green Organic Gin as the base works exceedingly well and is a remarkable difference to Bramley & Gage’s original Sloe Gin. Highly recommended.

Awards & Accolades

Silver Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition, 2011.

Silver Medal, Sloe Gin Awards, 2011.

Silver Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition, 2009.

Three Star Gold, Great Taste Awards, 2009.

Bronze Medal, International Spirits Challenge, 2009.



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