Are these Sloes?
I thought I'd have a go at making some Sloe Gin as I've discovered a massive crop of Sloes growing in the hedgerow near where I live. At least I think they are Sloes. Most descriptions mention thorns (the bush they grow on is called Blackthorn), but I'm not seeing any thorns, just stumpy little nodules on the branches between clumps of berries.
From reading up, the only other things they could be are Damsons or Bullace, but they seem too small (looking very much like Blueberries) and have the sour astringent taste I've read about. Are there different varieties without thorns? Pics below: