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Tipsy Fruit Sloe Gin

Distillery

Tipsy Fruit Gins Ltd., Tipsage Farm, Newnham Bridge, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England, UK.

Website

Tipsy Fruit

History

Started a few years earlier, Tipsy Fruit Gins Ltd. was established in 2004 as a retirement project by husband and wife team Colin & Phyllis Hingston. It started out as a kitchen table enterprise using produce from their Worcestershire farm to make fruit based Gins and Vodkas. In 2004 they brought their daughter, Michele Kruger, into the business as full time Managing Director responsible for running the operation.

Today the office and administration is run from the farm but the production and bottling is carried out at nearby Kyrewood, Tenbury Wells - with four generations of the family helping out. In 2013 they produced 18,000-liters (4,750 gallons) or 36,000 bottles of Gin and Vodka infused drink.

Production

Tipsy Fruit Gins base their products on an old family recipe dating back to 1848, with produce from the farm (and the surrounding area where possible), using whole fruits rather than purees or concentrates. The fruit is left to infuse in an undisclosed Gin, with some sugar, for a minimum period of three months, before bottling.

This ruby red colored Gin is presented in a tall clear rectangular bottle, with sloping shoulders and long neck. It has a large purple colored rectangular label with white text.

Category

Flavored Gin - Sloe.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

25% (50 Proof).

Price Range

$$$$$ - $$$$$$. Not available in the USA but is available online (subject to seasonal variations) from Hop Pocket Wine Company in the UK, for delivery within the UK only.  

Botanicals

Unknown but includes sloeberries.

Name

The use of the word “Tipsy” certainly describes how the fruit must feel having been immersed in the spirit, but it is also a play on the shortened name of the farm “Tipsage”.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is a strong red fruit berry plum (sloe) aroma. On the palate this bittersweet smooth spirit has a fruity plum (sloe) flavor with hints of traditional gin (juniper, coriander and citrus) notes just poking through. In the close there is dryness with bittersweet notes in the finish, no doubt from the Gin’s botanicals (but too faint for us to clearly identify).

This is good to sip neat and makes for a warming winter drink. However, add a cool sparkling mixer e.g. soda, tonic, white wine etc. and you have a refreshing summer drink. This Sloe Gin has some bitterness not found in others on the market and for this reason is well worth trying.

We believe this Gin is exactly the same as Demijohn Sloe Gin – especially since it is made by the same people!

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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