Sloe Gin Backorder

The repeat last night of an episode of The Gourmet Farmer has brought a number of inquiries for our Classic Sloe Gin.  If you are interested and want to try some of this luscious liquor you will see that the product will go on to back-order when you make an order.  Don’t worry we have plenty in the Distillery gently macerating from last years’ harvest and we will concentrate our efforts on getting this lovely liquor into bottles and out to you (you should only have a wait of a week or two).  William McHenry


Few drinks have almost starved a nation. Gin is one of them. In the 18th century it was so popular that Great Britain nearly ran out of food – all their grain went to the distilleries, not the bakers. Sloe gin is less commonly guzzled, but that’s only because people don’t really know what it is (sloe refers to the berry, not the time it takes to distil). Turns out Tasmania is a fine place to make sloe gin; the fresh water and maritime climate suit Old English distilling, and the place is riddled with sloe berries. Bill McHenry of William McHenry & Sons Distillery made it his home in 2010, moving from pharmaceuticals to the distillery work his ancestors had in their blood six generations ago. McHenry adds the plum-like sloe berries to his classic dry gin, made with orange peel, orris root and star anise. Drink it on its own over crushed ice, mix it with vodka and orange juice, or try as a champagne cocktail. The ‘sloe screw’, they call it. Charming. CH


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Sloe Gin Update

After the recent Gourmet Farmer episode we were flooded with orders for our Classic Sloe Gin and pushing the product into back-order.  The good news is that we checked last week and the next  batch is ready for bottling.  We will start bottling the Sloe Gin this coming week and should be sending out the back-orders later in the week.  Thanks to everyone for your patience and you will be rewarded when you receive your bottle of McHenry Classic Sloe Gin.

Sloe Gin

Last nights episode of Gourmet Farmer has sent a swathe of enquires our way for our Old English Sloe Gin.  For those not in the know Sloe Gin is an traditional English drink that uses Sloe Berries (AKA Blackthorn Berries) macerated in a London Dry Gin to make a versatile liqueur.  For instance Sloe Gin can be drunk on its own as an aperitif,  as a sticky sweet at the end of a meal, as a topping over ice-cream or as a mixer in a cocktail.

The Sloes grow through Tasmania’s rural regions having been introduced by the English over 100 years ago.  They grow in the hedge rows along the road-side and we forage for them in the Autumn and bring them back to the Distillery to use them in our ‘Old English Sloe Gin’.  A word of warning though to the home foragers as you need to be a bit careful if you are thinking of making them yourselves as you don’t want to confuse the Sloe Berries with the other type of berries that grow wild – like Hawthorn for instance.

Batch one was a screaming hit and we sold out within weeks of its release and we have two more batches under production.  At William McHenry & Sons Distillery we tend to prefer a slow maceration and it usually takes us around 4-5 months to develop the deep vivid colour and flavour of a premium Sloe Gin.  We think batch two and three will be ready in a matter of weeks so if you are interested in reserving a bottle send us an email.  Otherwise we will post on the website and Facebook when it is ready we will invite you to come down to our Salamanca stall to try it.