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Melton Mowbray
Raspberry Gin

Distillery

Sloeberry Spirits Ltd., Northfield Farm, Cold Overton, Oakham (Near Melton Mowbray), Rutland, Leicestershire, England, UK.

Website

Sloeberry Spirits.

History

Melton Mowbray is a small country town in the North East of Leicestershire renowned for it’s food and drink and most notably their Pork Pies and Stilton Cheese – the only place in the world permitted to make them bearing the town’s name. Not far away is Northfield Farm, a producer of quality beef, lamb and pork, with a farm shop, bakery and restaurant onsite. It is also the home of Sloeberry Spirits Ltd. and their hedgerow liqueurs.

The company was established by Rachel Birch in the fall of 2004, starting with Sloe Gin as the only product. She sold the business in the spring 2011 to Andy Hoyle and he follows the same recipes and uses the same fruit from the same locations around Melton Mowbray. Although originally called Hedgerow Spirits, Andy discovered another business was using this name (who had already formally registered it), and so in spring 2012 the company became Sloeberry Spirits Ltd. Andy is now developing the business further with more liqueurs being added to the portfolio, including this “Gin & Raspberry” launched in the late spring of 2013.

Production

Using an undisclosed Gin the hand picked fruit is added and left to infuse naturally over a period of several months. This traditional method allows the fruit flavours to slowly transform the spirit, giving it a new flavors. No colourings or preservatives are required or added.

The resultant Gin is presented in a clear tall thin circular half bottle, displaying its bright red color. It has a large oblong label with rounded corners, the name is at the top and has a sketch showing a few raspberries.

Category

Flavored Gin - Raspberry.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

25% (50 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$. Not available in the USA. We have been unable to find a suitable supplier who is able to ship internationally. The Gin can be purchased online directly from the Sloeberry Spirits Ltd. website but only for shipping within the UK.

Botanicals

Unknown but includes juniper berries and raspberries.

Name

The name is taken from the nearby town of Melton Mowbray and the key flavored botanical.

Tasting Notes

Unfortunately we have not tasted this yet, so are unable to provide any details. It will be interesting to see how the different fruit (raspberry) tastes in the same Gin compared with their Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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