Sloe by name, Slow by Nature


The Sloe Gin Story

starts its sweet story in the hedgerows and thickets of the British countryside. Sloe berries are the sour, blue-black fruit of the thorny blackthorn shrub, a member of the rose family.

The Sloe Orchard

At Humdinger gin we have established a sloe orchard, the only one that we know of in New Zealand. The tiny, astringent fruits are harvested in Autumn at the first frost by the enthusiastic team here at Humdinger.


With sloes not traditionally being grown in this manner, we are continually experimenting with drainage, irrigation, and tree spacings. We are delighted to report, that what improvements we have made are working, with a bumper 2022 crop.

When will the 2022 Sloe Gin be ready?

The 2022 Vintage of Sloe Gin will be ready for consumption sometime between September and December this year. Depending on how the flavour steeps and develops.

Stocks are limited due to the availability of the sloe berry. Last year we sold out of our Sloe gin at record speed! Hopefully, we will have more sloe gin to go around this year!


How to drink a Humdinger Slow Gin

Traditionally it is drunk neat or in warm drinks like a hot toddy, but it's also delicious over ice, combined with a light, neutral tonic with a sprig of rosemary to garnish, or even topped up with prosecco for a fabulous sparkling aperit

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