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I have been obsessed with sloe gin (in concept) for a pretty long while, because it's gin! flavored with a plum-like fruit! that tastes slightly almondy! These are all things I love! However, I have not been able to find the real thing in the US: up until now, the only kind in America has been crappy De Kuyper stuff, which to me doesn't seem to be worth consuming. Sloe gin seems to still be made in England, but all my attempts to get friends going to England to bring me back some seem to have failed.

Finally, I read in the New York Times that Plymouth started exporting a limited quantity of the Real Thing to the U.S.! I immediately found a store online that was going to ship it domestically, and placed my order. It took forever for them to fill the order; probably because of slowness on the part of the exporter, not on the part of the store, because when they did finally ship it, they actually called me to tell me about it, which I thought was quite friendly.

It arrived yesterday, but was all warm from sitting on the porch in the sun, so I put it aside for the time being. I told some friends about it in the lab today, and one of them, a former bartender, was all, oh, sloe gin is not very good. I was hoping (and she could not refute) that she was referring to the nasty fake stuff, but it did make me anxious to try my hard-won Plymouth. So I had some today for the first time. I had it on the rocks with soda, and it was as delicious as I hoped it would be! Yay. It is plummy, with a hint of bitterness and a hint of almond. After I post this, I will probably have another, my third of the evening.

I know, this is not a particularly exciting anecdote. However, it is the story of a small dream fulfilled, so you'll just have to be happy for me and deal.
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