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31/05/2017 - Elderflower Everywhere!

It's Elderflower season! We've been scouting the hedgerows of Kent for Elderflower to forage! The sheltered climate of Kent makes it the perfect place for Elderflower to thrive. The Elderflower is a dainty, creamy white flower that is the blossom of the Elderberry. It produces a sweet, floral, fragrant flavour and it most commonly used in making Elderflower Cordial. 

We, at Anno, forage Elderflower from our bountiful surroundings in the Kentish Weald. We then infuse the Elderflower with our Vodka to create our much loved, Elderflower & Vodka Spirit Drink. 

05/05/2017 - Cranberry Crushin'

Working in a distillery is a varied role, often including bizarre tasks. This month, Anno co-founder and Dr of Chemistry, Norman was bestowed with a noble task . . . standing in a tank and fishing out the bags of Cranberries! Back in January we filled muslin sacks with 400 kilos of cranberries and left them to steep in gin for several months. Last week it was time to give them a squeeze and reap the delicious cranberry/gin liquid from them! It will now spend the next month infusing with warming spices to create the fabulous festive flavour. The Cranberry & Gin spirit will be bottled and ready for release in October.

 

02/05/2017 - 1000 likes!

We've just broken 1000 likers on Facebook. 

We want to thank all our supporters for following our progress and of course, for drinking Anno!

01/05/2017 - Where to find us in May!

Show season is now well and truley under way. We crossing our fingers for blue skies for the following weekends, but lets face it, gin tastes just as good in the rain!  

Here is where you can find us in the coming weeks . . .

26/04/2017 - Silver at San Fran!

Anno Distillers are delighted to announce that our high strength gin, 602, has been awarded a silver medal at the 17th San Francisco World Spirits Competition!

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, is seen as one of the most highly-respected and influencial competitions around, with thousands of entries every year from across the globe.  Anno 602 was judged in the gin category, and was tried by 43 different judges (all big movers & shakers in the spirits industry) Our beloved high strength gin was competing against many different styles of gin such as London Dry and Old Tom.  

This is the second award for 602 which also won the Specialist Drinks category at the 2016 Taste of Kent Awards. 602 now joins our Kent Dry Gin as an internationally recognised, multi-award winning product.We're expecting more awards to come rolling in throughout the year, so watch this space!

Anno 602 was originally released as a limited edition of 1000 bottles to celebrate founders Andy and Norman's 60th birthdays. However the overwhelmingly positive response we received from consumers means that it’s here to stay. 

As Anno 602 Gin was a celebratory release, we made sure that the flavour literally bursts in the mouth by combining a selection of local hops, woody botanicals, and enticing spices to give a fantastically deep over proof spirit.  

 Despite being 60% abv, this spirit is still delightfully smooth on the palate, yet big, bold and woody in the mouth. Enjoy the taste of 60 Squared as the flavours of juniper, angelica root and aromatic spices unwind across your tongue before gracefully giving way to the sweet liquorice and hop after notes.

 Just months after its release Anno 602 claimed the title of ‘Specialist Drinks Category Winner’ at the Taste of Kent Awards in March 2016.

It’s bold flavour make it perfect for cocktails such as a negroni with a twist of orange to garnish or if you’re more traditional - to concoct the perfect G&T pour a generous helping of chilled 60 Squared over ice, add premium Indian Tonic water, and garnish with a twist of lemon or orange and peppercorns for an added citrusy infusion.

Tasting notes

Appearance: A clear, bright liquid.

Nose: A distinctive juniper nose, with a citrus lift and sweetness from hops and spices.

Taste: Classic juniper with bold woody notes bursting in the mouth, giving way to tantalising spiciness.

Finish: Long lasting sweetness from hops, balanced with woody flavours ending with a dry lift.  

Get your hands on some award winning gin here!

 

21/04/2017 - Gin for George

As an English company, making a quintessentially English product, we are of course going to be celebrating St Georges Day on April 23rd . 

Here are a couple of drinks we feel any slayer of dragons is deserving of! Celebrate the glorious red of the St. Georges cross with our Sloe Gin Negroni or feel the warmth of Dragon fire with a shot of 60 squared!

 

 

18/04/2017 - Brilliant Broadstairs!

What a great way to kick off show season - at Broadstairs Spring Food Festival!

We had some lovely weather and met some Anno fans and suspect we created a few new ones too! Overall a great start to our show season, and a lovely way to spend the bank holiday weekend. You can catch us next at The Surrey Food Festival on April 22nd selling drinks by the glass and by the bottle!

 

 

13/04/2017 - Easter Ideas

It's that wonderful time of year  - Easter, the 4 day weekend! Lots of lovely brunches and lunches to look forward to in the company of family and friends. A great chance to let your hair down and indulge. We've come up with some suggestions for fabulous cocktails to help you enjoy the weekend!

 

12/04/2017 - And the winner is . . .

Congratulations to Gemma Warburton who won our Easter giveaway!

It turns out we managed to fit 163 eggs in our bottle, Gemma guessed the closest with 162! She has won a bottle of our Elderflower & Vodka as well as an eggstavagant G&T Easter egg from our friends at Curious Cocktails.

 

    

07/04/2017 - Cracking Competition!

*This competition is now closed*

What an Eggcellent competition we have for you!

Sunny skies, and blossom on trees have put us in such a good mood, we've decided to do a cracking Easter competition giveaway! You can win a bottle of our delicious Elderflower & Vodka. This will make a perfect Easter cocktail, top with some Prosecco and pop in a raspberry, or simply sip with lemonade or soda water. But that's not all! Our friends at Curious Cocktails have been busy creating The Curious Gin Easter Egg, and we'll be sending the winner one of these along with your bottle of Elderflower & Vodka.

So, how can you win? We have filled one of our bottles with mini Easter Eggs, all you have to do is guess how many are in there. Simple as that. So take a look at the picture below and take a guess!

To enter, simply email competitions@annodistillers.co.uk or comment on our Facebook post or send us a tweet @annodistillers.

Only one entry per person please and if more than one entry guesses correctly, a winner will be selected at random from all correct entries. The competition will end and winner announced Wednesday 12th April.

So what are you waiting for!? Let the guessing be-Gin!

 

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