The west London distillery has fast gained a reputation for producing some of the best gins in a very congested market. Yet, they’ve also acquired an excellent standing for their liqueurs, with their Damson Vodka proving very popular indeed. Sipsmith Sloe Gin, however, remains the best known and most widely drunk of these liqueurs. Often remembered as something sickly sweet kept, gathering dust, in a grandparent’s drinks cabinet, Sipsmith have gone back to basics to reinvent Sloe Gin. For a start, they use their own top-quality London Dry Gin, the same stuff that they bottle as the stand-alone gin, as the base. They also handpick best sloes from local sites every autumn. These are then flash frozen to break their skins, then left to macerate in the gin for three or four months. Sipsmith are also careful with the amount of sugar they use, resulting in a better balanced sloe gin. Like wines, each annual batch of this Sloe Gin is slightly different, as the harvest is dependent on the weather, ensuring this is a unique liqueur every year. Bottled at 29% ABV, this is perfect as an after-dinner drink, or used in cocktails.