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Lyme Bay Winery
Reserve Sloe Gin

Distillery

Lyme Bay Winery, Shute, Axminster, Devon, England, UK.

Website

Lyme Bay Winery.

History

Originally established in the 1990’s and called the Lyme Bay Cider Company, the dream for Managing Director Nigel Howard was to produce real natural West Country hard cider. Having achieved this with adroitness, the company has steadily grown to produce mead, country wines and fruit liqueurs. They are now in the process of creating wine from vineyards planted in 2008 and 2010.

Production

Hand made in small batches with natural ingredients including handpicked frozen sloes from the UK and Poland. The still frozen sloes are steeped for 4 months in an undisclosed London Dry Gin with added sugar to make this Gin Liqueur.

This orange red colored (almost tawny) Gin is presented in a clear squat rectangular bottle with a large cream colored label. In the center of the label is a circular image of some sloeberries.

This Gin is Gluten free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Category

Flavored Gin - Sloe.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

26% (52 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$ - $$$$$. Not available in the USA. Try Alexander Hadleigh in the UK but, expect to pay an additional 100% for shipping and most importantly, you’ll need an import license.

Botanicals

Unknown but certainly includes juniper berries and sloeberries.

Name

The winery at Axminster is within sight of Lyme Bay, hence the name. Found on the borders of two counties, Dorset and Devon in England, it is part of a World Heritage Site called The Jurassic Coast. This coastline displays layers of rock spanning around 185 million years and are responsible for some of the first known discoveries of dinosaur fossils. The Gin is also named after the key botanical used.

Tasting Notes

On the nose are juniper and fruit (cherry) with perfumed floral notes. On the palate this sweet medium-dry spirit has juniper and fruit (cherry and orange) with hints of almond. On the close is a smooth fruity dryness with a tangy warming finish. A well balanced but quite sweet Sloe Gin.

This has a light fruit but strong Gin flavor and is quite sweet, even the color is a lighter red, compared to most Sloe Gins. However it is quite nice, distinctive and likeable. Whilst we prefer a heavier fruit taste and drier style this still manages to be popular with many people. If you like a sweeter, more Gin forward flavoured, Sloe liqueur this is for you.

Awards & Accolades

Bronze Medal, Taste of the West, 2013.

One Gold Star, Great Taste Awards, 2010.

Bronze Medal, Taste of the West, 2010.

Bronze Medal, Taste of the West, 2008.



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