REVIEW: Hayman’s Sloe Gin

Hayman's Sloe Gin

A perfect addition to any gin collection it is hard to think of a better sloe gin on the market than Hayman’s Sloe Gin.

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A bit of background

Hayman’s have been in the gin industry since the 1860’s and are one of the leading lights when it comes to producing English gin.

True to the traditions of old, Hayman’s have maintained the same approach to their distillation of gins across the last 150 years maintaining a high level of consistency while also continuing their commitment to ensuring the traditions of English gins are kept.

The bottle

You don’t need a label to know it is a Hayman’s gin. As iconic as the ceramic McQueen’s bottles or the Hendricks apothecary-style bottle, the Hayman’s sloe gin bottle oozes tradition.

 This bottle would not be out of place on a shelve in the 1890’s, 1990’s or modern day. It is quite simply a timeless classic.

Haymans Bottle and Sloe Royale

Haymans Bottle and Sloe Royale

The nose

Rich and fruity on the first smell.  You could be forgiven with the deep red of the sloe gin that you were in fact drinking an expensive tawny port.

Over time the complexity and layers of the sloe gin come to the fore. Wild berries with an almost jam like richness take the lead with tons of orange and cloves in the background and the subtle yet pleasant gin notes punctuating the experience.

A sloe gin that gradually releases more and more flavour.

Key Botanicals

  • Sloe berries
  • Angelica Root
  • Cassia Bark
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander Seed
  • Juniper Berries
  • Licquorice
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange Peel

Hayman’s sloe gin

To Taste

I served my sloe gin neat with minimal garnishes as the flavours of the gin are more than enough.  My first impression was on how rich and complex it was to drink.

Flavours such as wild berries and sweetness transformed into rich frangipane and plum with accents of gin reminding me that I wasn’t drinking a high end fortified wine.  

At no point did I feel it was overly sweet with the gin base providing a great counterbalance to the sweetness of the sloes. Compared to other sloe gins this felt like a multilayered experience tried and perfected over a number of decades.

Perfect Serve

Ideal to be sipped on its own over ice but will be a wonderful addition to a sparkling white wine as in a Sloe Royale.

Sloe Royale

  • 35ml Hayman’s Sloe Gin
  • Sparkling wine

For the true taste Hayman’s recommend a high-quality English sparkling wine as the natural minerality and dry finish will contrast with the rich natural sweetness of the Sloe Gin.

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Chris Kelly