In a secret place in the Devon countryside near our home there is a very prolific blackthorn bush that towards the end of summer produces great big fat sloes. For all but one of the last four years (when some b*****r beat us to it) it has been the source of the main ingredient of our drink shelf staple.
Our August 2009 batch is now ready to drink and the result is a fine demonstration of the maxim 'Good things come to those who wait'. And like wine, if we can keep our filthy mitts off, it will improve over time. Sante!