Paramount Lemon Gin, 1937
Flavored Gins! Remember when David a.k.a. Summer Fruit Cup blew the dust off that bottle of Gordon’s Lemon Gin? (of course you do, always choose the dusty one… – is that enough of a stretch to make a reference to Indiana Jones when referring to a piece titled Raiders of the lost cocktail cabinet…, okay nevermind back to the gin…)
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Hayman’s Sloe Gin is the first of our Sloe Gin reviews this week that we can say is better known for their gin. Or to say, they even make their own gin. Indeed, the base spirit underlying their Sloe Gin is Hayman’s London Dry Gin. It’s made by steeping sloes and sweetening after the fact, diluted to a ABV of 26%.
The color is reddish brown, burgandy with the color of a fortified red wine.
The nose is bright ripe berries, strawberry, orange, with some sweetened citrus in the mid-notes, and some spice hints in the lower notes. But as with most sloe gins, the overwhelming olfactory character is ripe, bright fruit.
The palate is bright fruit once again: plum, grilled cherries, tart and sweet. Notes of ruby red grapefruit, leaning towards a touch of citrus on the finish with hints of nutmeg and sugar. Tart, but quasi-dry finish, with a lingering medicinal sweetness. Overall, while on its own it works, I prefer the way that cocktails tend to mute the medicinal notes on the finish, and better highlight the tart, bright sweetness that is available on the initial taste and mid-notes.
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