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Demijohn
Damson Gin

Distillery

Retailed exclusively by Angus and Frances Ferguson of Demijohn Ltd., Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Website

Demijohn.

History

Family run business established in 2004 acting primarily as retailers for small scale UK based producers. They sell a range of liqueurs and other flavored liquids (including oils and vinegars) and refer to themselves as a Liquid Deli. Starting with the one shop in Edinburgh this has increased to include shops in Glasgow and York, not to mention a thriving mail order trade, which stretches across the globe.

They have the unusual but environmentally friendly process of selling their fluids in over 20 different sized and shaped bottles, which can be refilled at their shops, or returned by mail for refilling – saving a discount of 10%. Please note, due to small-scale production and limited seasonal supplies, products are not always available to meet demand! To assist in the process the business close down their retail outlets for several days throughout the year and everyone goes picking the natural produce from the wild e.g. elderflowers and sloeberries, to provide supplies for many of their producers.

Production

Produced in East Lothian, Edinburgh, by two retired PE teachers, Derry and Robin Ford. Fresh damsons and sugar are steeped in Grants Gin until matured.

Category

Flavored Gin - Damson.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

22% (44 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$ - $$$$$$. Not available in the USA. Only available exclusively from Demijohn, shipping is available but some restrictions to the USA apply and cost is dependent upon location.

Botanicals

Unknown but includes Damsons.

Name

It was while in Italy, seeing a Cantina refilling customers’ containers with wine, the idea to replicate this back in the UK came to mind for owner Angus Ferguson. A demijohn (or carboy) is a large container for carrying liquids (water, wine or liquor) and is usually 5 gallons in capacity (but can be anything up to 15 gallons). The name is based on this classic carrier and the key botanical flavor used.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is strong red fruit plum (damson) aroma. On the palate this firmly sweet and smooth spirit has clear damson fruit flavor. In the close the damson taste continues with a long dry sharpness at the finish.

When compared to Sloe Gin, Damson Gin usually has a greater depth of character and flavor, and this one also proves to be the case. However, it is sweeter than a Sloe Gin so may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you enjoy this you will not be disappointed. Taken neat it makes a great winter warmer or mix with tonic, soda water or lemonade for a refreshing summer time drink.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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