Product Type: Gordon's Vodka
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sloe and sweet
Gordon's Sloe Gin
Member Name: europe-chick
Gordon's Sloe Gin
Advantages: a bit different, not your regular gin, and so some people may actually like this
Disadvantages: too sweet and fruity for my tastes, I like my gin dry with that bitter edge
My favourite alcoholic drink without a shadow of a doubt is a Gin & Tonic. My gin of preference is always Bombay Sapphire, and my favourite way to serve it is over lots of ice, with slimline tonic, and a chunky wedge of lime (never lemon). I'll take it with regular tonic and a slice of lemon if that's all there is, but slimline and lime is my favourite way to go. My second favourite way to serve it is when mixed with cranberry juice and slimline tonic, again over lots of ice. I'm also happy enough to take any other gin such as Gordon's if there's no Bombay Sapphire available, but I can definitely tell the difference though, and I've even actually returned a gin & tonic in a restaurant before when I've specifically asked for Bombay Sapphire and have been given something else.
I received a bottle of Gordon's Sloe Gin as a birthday gift earlier this year, and it's only just recently that we've got around to drinking it. I guess that they chose the Sloe Gin as I am a bit of a gin fiend, and this is just that little bit different, it's a bit more interesting to give as a gift I guess than just a regular bottle of Gordon's gin. It was very gratefully received at the time as it's something that I'd not had before, I'd spotted it in the supermarket many a time, I'd just never got around to buying myself a bottle.
So it's made by Gordon's and it's in the exact same type and shape of bottle as the regular Gordon's gin. The sloe gin is a very deep purple in colour though, reflecting the colour of the sloe berries in the gin. Sloe berries are apparently the fruit of the wild blackthorn which grows naturally in the countryside. The sloe gin is a lot lower in alcohol content; regular Gordon's gin is 37.5%, and Gordon's Sloe Gin is only 26%.
So how does it taste? Not that great actually!
I was really disappointed with the Sloe Gin, I'd expected to love it as I love gin so much, but I really didn't love it at all. I thought it was far too sweet, gin isn't a sweet drink at all and so to have a sweet flavour to this was really quite odd. The gin definitely had a fruity taste, I'm not sure if it tasted like sloe berries as such, as I don't actually know what sloe berries taste like! But it did have a very sweet and fruity taste, too sweet and fruity in my opinion, the fruity taste far overpowered the dry taste of the gin. It reminded me a little bit of an alcopop actually, with it having the lower alcohol content and being so sweet.
I found that even when mixed with just slimline tonic water and a wedge of lime, which would normally make for a lovely long, cool and refreshing drink, that the taste of the sloe gin was still too overpoweringly fruity and sweet. The best way that we found to drink the sloe gin was when mixed in a cocktail along with a few other ingredients, this masked the fruitiness as there were other flavours in the drink too.
I wouldn't not recommend the Gordon's Sloe Gin, it obviously all depends upon your tastes, in fact for people that think that gin is a bit too bitter then this may well be something that they would love. For me personally it was just too fruity and sweet and not something that I really liked. My husband didn't like it either, he basically had the same opinion as me - too fruity and sweet for a gin. We will use the remainder of the bottle up in cocktails, but it isn't something that I will be getting another bottle of.
Summary: sloe and sweet
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