Not content with producing some of the finest cocktail bitters available today (which I say both as a slightly biased friend of the company owners, as well as a genuine fan of the products) The Bitter Truth is now expanding its horizons with the launch of two new products – a 24 (yes, twenty four!) year old rye whiskey, which I hope to be able to review soon, and a sloeberry gin.
The Bitter Truth have actually been producing a sloe gin for the past two years with their 2006 and 2007 vintages, albeit in very limited quantities not widely available to the buying public. For their third vintage they have teamed up with Austrian distiller Hans Reisetbauer to produce a larger run that is still all natural, hand-made using fresh, ripe sloeberries and completely free of artificial ingredients or colourings.
It has a mild but tart sloeberry nose, with a definite juniper background. In the mouth you get an brief initial sweetness followed by a sharp jolt of tart, fresh sloeberry and a lingering juniper note. It has a fairly dry finish, with a mild aromatic flavour lingering on the tongue. Entirely lacking in the sweetness that most commercial sloe gins exhibit, this most reminds me of some small, locally produced sloe gins you sometimes find at farmers markets here in Britain, albeit cleaner and more nuanced.
Sloe Gin Fizz
- 1½ shots / 45 ml / 1½ oz sloe gin
- ½ shot / 15 ml / ½ oz dry gin
- ¾ shot / 22.5 ml / ¾ oz lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- 1 bar-spoon sugar
- Shake all ingredients hard, first without ice, then with ice. Strain in to a tall glass and top off with soda water.
A fizz may seem an odd drink to be enjoying this time of year, but sloe gin allows the drink to be at once refreshing and slightly warming. Adding a touch of Campari to my Sloe Gin Fizzes has become a favourite trick of mine since trying one that did this at Quo Vadis in Soho, however given The Bitter Truth Sloe Gin’s already dry, aromatic edge it doesn’t work quite as well as with Plymouth sloe so I think it is best left out. A delicious mix of sour lemon and tart sloe, beefed up by a touch of extra gin and smoothed out with some sugar and egg, and Sloe Gin Fizz is nothing short of delightful.
The Bitter Truth Sloeberry Blue Gin, along with the rest of the product line, is available worldwide via their online store.
Note: In the interests of full disclosure, the sloe gin reviewed here was supplied to me by The Bitter Truth.
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