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Bramley & Gage
Sweet Sloe Gin

(Discontinued?)

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 hand by soaking hedgerow sloes in their 6 O’clock Gin and sugar - using 10oz sugar per 70cl bottle of Gin  (rather than the smaller amount of 4oz of sugar, used in their original Sloe Gin). Presented in a clear tall cylindrical bottle to display its light red color, with a simple cream label.

Category

Flavored Gin - Sloe.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

26% (52 Proof).

Price Range

$$$ - $$$$. Not available in the USA. Was marketed in the UK but we cannot identify any websites with this for sale. Even the Bramley & Gage website no longer list this product (and we wonder if it seasonal or discountinued?).

Botanicals

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

Name

Named after the husband & wife team who founded the company, the main botanical ingredient Sloeberry and the addition of more sugar than their original Sloe Gin.

Tasting Notes

On the nose are cherry and blackberry with faint almond. On the palate this well-balanced sweet spirit shows deep red berry flavors (sloes) that finishes warmly. By comparison to their original Sloe Gin we were able to taste faint gin i.e. juniper and herbal notes.

Bramley & Gage made this for customers who found their original Sloe Gin too dry and it matches closely to what one expects to find with similarly produced commercial offerings. If you are a Sloe Gin drinker, you will no doubt enjoy this, if you shy away from Sloe Gins due to their sweetness than you will probably give this one a miss also. We like Sloe gins and this proved no exception, it is recommended as a great winter warmer drink.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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