THERE was serious competition at The Three Moles, Selham, when the pub hosted its fifth annual sloe gin competition.
Judges Kevin Wells, Karen Fisher and Oliver Boulton each had a tray of numbered glasses in front of them with only landlady Emma knowing the identities of the contestants.
There was a great deal of tasting of the drink – originally created for hip flasks and drinking outside in the winter.
Karen said: “What we are looking for is a smooth taste that was not too tart.
“The colour is irrelevant which is important as the drinks ranged from pale raspberry to deep red.”
From the final three, the judges presented the wooden trophy to Susie and Simon from Graffham for their entry, – one of the very youngest having been made in September.
Runners-up were last year’s winners Philippa and Adrian Cornell, from Easebourne, and third was Brett Badham, with a production from 2011.
A little extra competition, to be expanded for the future, was for other homemade drinks.
In a blind tasting, a sloe vodka from Karen Fisher came first.
A sloe cider – named a slider – by Kevin Wells was second followed by a damson gin by Sean Martin and a pear vodka.