005 – Batch

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Sloe berries are in fact not berries at all but small plums from the Blackthorn bush. A shrub steeped in druidic lore, the Blackthorn is said to be protected by the Lunantishee, a fairy who lives among its branches. These creatures are particularly hostile towards any sort of abuse to the plants on May 11th (the original May Day). Great misfortune is said to befall any who break its limbs or crush its berries this day in May.

We cut it close with batch 005 and had to hurry to get the Sloe Gin safely bottled before any Lunantishee could reign woe upon us.