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Just tried the gin and whiskey sloe. :good:Thanks to a member on here who I can't recall who said to make a whiskey (my least favorite tipple) on another topic, I have to say they have turned out absolutely gorgeous. I'm genuinely surprised as when I picked the berries in September, there had been no sign of frost, they were extremely small due to the heat of the summer and being early, but plenty about. I've never attempted to make it that early in the year, but I managed 5 bottles of gin and 2 of whiskey. 

I can't recall how many lbs of berries I had to cut/*****. A lot. 

The glass on the left is the whiskey and the right the gin. 

Absolutely lovely 😍

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Masses of sloes at the golf course l shoot, and this weekend l will be picking a few kilos now that we're getting some frost.

Never considered whiskey but will give it a try, along with the usual vodka and gin.

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20 minutes ago, Pigeon Shredder. said:

Masses of sloes at the golf course l shoot, and this weekend l will be picking a few kilos now that we're getting some frost.

Never considered whiskey but will give it a try, along with the usual vodka and gin.

The whiskey is amazing. Just run of the mill lidl stuff. I'm saying this as a whiskey hater. But it is lovely and ill be making a load next year. 

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1 hour ago, panoma1 said:

Try Damson Vodka! 😋

I don't like damsons but I didn't like whiskey either. I will try, as the other half enjoys what we make. Then again I don't drink as much, and she don't know when to stop! 

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For the first time ever we made Bullace vodka this autumn having been lucky enough to come across a Bullace tree the day after a strong wind and the fruit was on the floor. It is very good and very strong, too strong for my wife who tones it down with tonic.

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10 hours ago, JDog said:

For the first time ever we made Bullace vodka this autumn having been lucky enough to come across a Bullace tree the day after a strong wing and the fruit was on the floor. It is very good and very strong, too strong for my wife who tones it down with tonic.

JD are a bullace similar to damsons?

Made plenty of damson and sloe vodka in the past but would not know a bullace if it dropped in me lap.

atb

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Bottled up my sloe gin last weekend .. all 5 litres of it :) (minus a sip or two 'just to test it' ;) ) and it's simply lovely.  The sloes on my perm were the biggest berries and most abundant crop I've ever seen so it only took about and hour and half to pick enough sloes to make 5 litres of gin .

I wonder if anyone here also makes a 'prickly board' to perforate the sloes before use ? A piece of hardboard and a couple of dozen staples from a staple gun fired right through the board and you're away. Just gently roll half a dozen sloes at a time under it (the prickly side) on a cutting board and they'll have neat little holes all over. Saves hours of faffing around with a pin ;)

Have also done about 3 litres of orange brandy again this year. (Lady Longstriders favourite)

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7 hours ago, 7daysinaweek said:

JD are a bullace similar to damsons?

Made plenty of damson and sloe vodka in the past but would not know a bullace if it dropped in me lap.

atb

7diaw

Bullace are similar to Damsons but contrary to what some people think they are not the same. They do belong to the same family of Prunus and somewhere along the line one or both of them could well have been the origin of domesticated plums as we know them.

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Well l went and picked my sloes this afternoon, the bushes were so laden it only took me half an hour, but my it was bloody cold, sleet and  howling wind.

Made sloe whiskey when l got back home as my mother gave me a bottle of Glenfiddler Malt yesterday, 240g of sloes, 140g of sugar and 1lt of of whisky, a trip out to Asda's has furnished the Vodka and Gin and l shall make those up in the morning prior to going clay busting.

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46 minutes ago, Pigeon Shredder. said:

Well l went and picked my sloes this afternoon, the bushes were so laden it only took me half an hour, but my it was bloody cold, sleet and  howling wind.

Made sloe whiskey when l got back home as my mother gave me a bottle of Glenfiddler Malt yesterday, 240g of sloes, 140g of sugar and 1lt of of whisky, a trip out to Asda's has furnished the Vodka and Gin and l shall make those up in the morning prior to going clay busting.

Not a single sloe left round here. Or I'd be making more whiskey myself. 

Was it you that mentioned it back in September? If it was thanks, its bloody lovely 

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No not me, and l've also not had a single alcoholic drink since September.

When the sloe tipples are cleaned and bottled next year, March/April l'll let you know what the whiskey ones like.

Until then l'll stick to my almond milk.

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1 hour ago, strimmer_13 said:

Not a single sloe left round here. Or I'd be making more whiskey myself. 

Was it you that mentioned it back in September? If it was thanks, its bloody lovely 

Maybe me?

Although I posted about raspberry whiskey not sloe whiskey.

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9 hours ago, Danger-Mouse said:

Maybe me?

Although I posted about raspberry whiskey not sloe whiskey.

I use dried Sloes (bought on line)  matures far quicker & no thorns!

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Not gonna lie, I had quite the taste for it the last few days, polished off 1 bottle... 

Bloody misses has decided to give bottles away as presents. And I've no say in it. 😡

Going to have to make a lot this coming year... 

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2 hours ago, strimmer_13 said:

Bloody misses has decided to give bottles away as presents. And I've no say in it. 😡

 

Some rules for sloe gin making.

Save up some small 250ml bottles as well as standard bottles.

Wait until the missus is watching Strictly or some old soap.

Make a batch and hide it in your mancave to "mature".

Only release the small bottles for presents.

Imbibe the rest yourself.

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2 hours ago, strimmer_13 said:

Not gonna lie, I had quite the taste for it the last few days, polished off 1 bottle... 

Bloody misses has decided to give bottles away as presents. And I've no say in it. 😡

Going to have to make a lot this coming year... 

I too feel proprietorial over the drinks I make from the fruits of the hedges.

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52 minutes ago, JDog said:

I too feel proprietorial over the drinks I make from the fruits of the hedges.

It annoys me. I have so many friends and family that want to 'try' my drinks, yet when I offered to help them make their own they can't be bothered. Too much work. So I don't offer, but the misses decides to give it away instead. 

I'm currently sulking in the garage, wishing I'd brought a cup of tea out and my fags. 😤 

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