Chase releases sloe and mulberry gin

Chase-Sloe Mulberry ginChase Distillery in Herefordshire is championing the traditional British mulberry with a new gin blend made with the fruit as well as sloe berries.

Williams Chase Sloe and Mulberry Gin has been made by marinating Herefordshire hedgerow sloe berries that were picked after the first frost in November last year.

After eight months left to marinate, the mulberries were added for a final two months before decanting and bottling at 30% ABV. The gin is made with botanicals that complement the richly flavoured fruits.

Distillery owner William Chase wanted to champion the mulberry after discovering that mulberry trees are no longer cultivated as much as in the past.

“When I heard mulberries described as ‘fireworks in your mouth’, I knew that I had to incorporate them into one of our spirits.

“I did some research and found that mulberry numbers are tiny compared to what they once were in the UK. I wanted people to see what an incredible flavour they’re missing out on.”

On the nose, Williams Chase Sloe and Mulberry Gin gives off rich waves of sloe berry with hints of rosehip, blackcurrant, redcurrant, spiced orange, vanilla and dry oak.

On the palate, it is not overly sweet, with a clean tartness around the edges. It provides big sloe berry notes at the start, with more complex, lightly fiery notes on the mid-palate. There are flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove alongside toasted hazelnut and bitter vanilla.

The finish is lightly dried and astringent, with an aftertaste of figs, chopped dates and redcurrant jelly.

The sloe and mulberry gin can be served at room temperature with a cinnamon stick wrapped in flamed orange zest, or with a slice of fresh orange.

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