A unique line extension in the gin world, Boodles Mulberry Gin is the first-ever mulberry gin to be sold in America. Clearly inspired by sloe gin, Boodles calls this “a fresh interpretation of a British classic.” Sloe berries and mulberries are fairly distant cousins — same order, speaking scientifically — but the color of Boodles Mulberry is at least a dead ringer for sloe gin.
Turns out this mulberry gin — made with mulberries, Boodles Gin, and “a blend of natural ingredients” — is a close cousin of sloe gin, and can probably be used interchangeably in your favorite cocktail.
Sweet and sour in equal measures, the gin has a strong cranberry aroma, with hints of orange peel, lemon, and some herbal notes. The body is heavily cherry-flavored, a bit cough syrupy in its sweetness, but with enough of a thyme- and rosemary-tinted edge to pull it back from the edge… at least for a time. The finish pours the cranberry cocktail character back on, full force, biting and mouth-puckering — and incredibly lingering on the back of the tongue.
It’s tough to review Boodles Mulberry Gin on its own, as sloe gin is a spirit that’s best enjoyed in quite modest proportions, but which can shine incredibly as a mixer. I sense the same type of fate for this curious and unique product.