The sloe is steeped in history. The enclosure of Britain’s commons many moons ago took land from the country folk. Hawthorn and blackthorn hedges carved up the countryside. But blackthorn brought with it a dark blue bitter fruit, delicious when soaked in gin and sugar. The simple sloe brought at least some harmony among the hedgerows and soothed the spirits of the landless.
Bearer of the sloe, blackthorn is a signature of the British countryside, its’ blossom heralds the spring. The capricious sloe fruit then appears on its’ bows and branches in September, ushering autumn across the land. Britain wouldn’t be nearly the same without its gnarly hedgerows, a haven for wildlife and foraged by generations of country people. Sloemotion is big on foraged fruit with all of sloes and other fruits handpicked from hedgerows, woodland edges and orchards.
For Sloemotion’s founder Joff, a conservationist by trade, respect for nature and the environment plays a big part in our business. The company came about because of conservation work on the farm’s hedgerows, which not only created habitats and food for wildlife, but enough sloes to give us an idea for a business venture!
Recycling, re-using, re-purposing and minimising energy use is second nature to us. All our cardboard is recycled or composted and no glass goes in our bins, our iStill uses 4 x less energy than other stills, even the sloes for our chocolate truffles and chutney are re-cycled from the sloe liqueur making process!
But, our Sloe Gin is made exactly the same way as it was hundreds of years ago; with the fruit steeped in gin and sugar and left to mature, producing the wonderful ruby red drink.
Whichever product you choose from Sloemotion Liqueurs, you will not disappointed; we only use the highest quality natural ingredients, which when mixed with the passion of our head distiller and nature’s magic you are guaranteed a great taste experience.