Bullace Gin

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SloeGinTimeAgain
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Bullace Gin

Post by SloeGinTimeAgain » 17 Jan 2008, 09:52

Just tried the bullace gin I've had on the go for four months.
Turned out very nice. Red in colour, a bit like cranberry juice.
Slight almondy smell but didn't taste almondy. Lovely. Perhaps
next time I'll use a bit less sugar.
Decanting was pretty easy. Just left it to stand overnight after the
bullaces were removed. Poured off about 50% before the sediment
started to move. Left the bottle at an angle so the sediment collected
in the bottom corner. After an hour poured off about 50% of the remainder.
The last 25% went through coffee filters, about four! This was
the slow bit but better than filtering the whole lot.

Just waiting to do the sloe and sloe\bullace next.

frosty
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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by frosty » 30 Jul 2009, 18:23

how do you make it and should the bullaces be ripe or green

SloeGinTimeAgain
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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by SloeGinTimeAgain » 31 Jul 2009, 08:54

Same as the main sloe recipe on this site.
And they should be fully ripe.

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by frosty » 31 Jul 2009, 15:36

thanks for your speedy reply, I have recently found a bullace bush that I had been monitoring, thinging it wa a sloe bush

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by SloeGinTimeAgain » 31 Jul 2009, 16:53

I don't think there's much difference between the two. You'll realy need to wait till around
October or later to pick as you get more taste from them when they're fully ripe.
Good luck. :)

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by JD1970 » 26 Aug 2009, 10:04

Made my first ever bullace gin last night. Looks good so far. Can't wait to try it.

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by simonx » 25 Sep 2009, 20:37

I'm confused - just found and picked what believe to be bullaces but they are much bigger than sloes - damson sized.
Yellow-green in colour (some on the floor are purple) - they look like the ones here:
http://www.brickfieldspark.org/data/bullace.htm

And there are definitely thorns on the trees! Boy was it hard work getting these buggers.

But on this forum people seem to be suggesting that bullaces are very similar to sloes - do I have something else?

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by simonx » 08 Oct 2009, 11:42

any thoughts?

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by blueangel » 26 Oct 2009, 13:15

I'd dearly love to be able to find some Bullaces, but I've looked in vain in my part of the world. Anyone know where there is a supply of them in Gloucestershire or thereabouts?

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by PamL » 14 Sep 2013, 14:48

Hmm, just decided our sloes are, in fact, bullaces. Have followed traditional sloe recipes in the past with great results. This year we have harvested slightly later (we are in SW France, in the Pyrenees), and the fruit is quite a bit sweeter & juicier (one clue to our mistaken ID). Will have to play with sugar. Unripe bullaces are very tart, like sloes, but wait too long and they lose that edge.

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by frosty » 14 Sep 2013, 15:36

I used the normal sloe recipe in the end but added sugar (experimentaly) about a fortnight before decanting them if that is any help

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by ChrisR » 19 Mar 2015, 22:53

I have tried white bullaces - some picked yellow at the end of September and others collected pinky-yellow, as they fall off the tree in October. They work really well in both gin and vodka - with a recipe very similar to sloe gin but with 50g less sugar in a 70cl bottle (=1-litre jar). The liqueur is very clear, pure yellow in colour and very smooth :)

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by dave » 08 Aug 2017, 11:30

I have found a few bullace bushes around by me, I am finding sloes difficult to find. Is there much of a difference in taste as i am tempted to do a load of bullace Gin

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by Phil » 08 Aug 2017, 13:11

As a gin it'll taste exactly the same.
Phil

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Re: Bullace Gin

Post by dave » 09 Aug 2017, 08:51

thats great if it does, less picking time!

I was just going to mix the fruit and gin then add a sugar syrup when its complete around Christmas, that way i can get it to the exact sweetness i want, i would imagine that the bullace is sweeter than the sloe so would be less sugar if i was mixing at at the start

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