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The Anno story

In 2011, our founders Dr Andy Reason and Dr Norman Lewis left behind their roles as scientists to pursue their passion for craft spirits. With one eye on the science behind making quality spirits and another on proudly displaying all that their home county of Kent has to offer, they duly created Anno Distillers and began the journey of a lifetime.

 

Nestled away in the sleepy yet picturesque village of Marden is where the magic happens. While the journey so far has been a story of success, it hasn’t always been plain sailing. In the early days when Andy, Norman and Kim were bubbling with ideas and enthusiasm they had to endure seemingly endless waits, including an arduous 18-month wait for a licence, but the perseverance paid off. As a celebration of this momentous event, we adorned our beloved 300-litre copper pot still with the name ‘Patience’ as a tribute to those challenging times.

 

Patience stands proudly as the centrepiece at our distillery, gleaming in all her copper beauty, and every one of Anno’s delicious spirits is still made in her to this day.  Since those early days we’ve continued apace to accumulate much praise from both fans and experts alike, culminating in some outstanding recognition at various awards. We’re extremely proud of each one we’ve received, including Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Awards.

 

So how have we achieved such success? Unlike many distillers, our founders’ life-long science background gives us a practical understanding of the equipment capabilities, allowing us to make the highest quality products. We utilise our skills to craft products designed for your pleasure, full of both intense flavours and subtle notes. But perhaps most of all, each and every one of our employees has a real passion for what we do, helping to ensure that each bottle is bursting with our famous flavours.

Our fusion of science and nature which we call ‘the Spirit of Alchemy’ allows us to make incredibly smooth and distinctive spirits.
Andy
Company founder + co-director
A self-confessed perfectionist, his attention to detail makes him a great distiller and all-round handyman who enjoys the finer things in life especially good gin!

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Anno 602 G&T

Norman
Company founder + co-director
Has a passion for experimentation from his scientific roots and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially foraging for new and exciting botanicals.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
602 Negroni

Kim
Sales & Marketing Manager
Immense scientific curiosity and sense of adventure, if Kim’s not teaching people to SCUBA dive or playing hockey, you will find her creating cocktails or promoting gin

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Samphire Martini

Patience
Our Beautiful Lady
We couldn’t do without her. She is a 300L copper-pot still, designed specifically for us and she plays her role exquisitely, making multi-award winning spirits.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Dry - Straight Up

Peter
Commercial Sales Manager
With a love for Kent and selling Kentish products Peter brings his skills and years of experience in the drinks industry to showcase Anno products across the country.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Garden of Eden

Mike
Production Manager
Analytical scientist through and through, Mike runs a tight ship in the distillery making sure our wonderful products make their way to you.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Kentish Twinkle

Jemima
Admin & Social Media Guru
Bubbly and energetic. When she’s not walking her dogs in the stunning Kent countryside Jemima is our office angel.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Gin Mule

Ben
Events Support
Young, quick witted and sharp, Ben assists Anno selling gin all over the county at food and drink fairs and tasting events.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Elderflower G&T

Tom
Business Development
Connoisseur of music and cars and our spirit aficionado - GINspiring pubs, bars and restaurants all across our capital city.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Bramble

Graham
Business Development
Of all the gin joints, in all the towns in Kent, Graham may end up in yours showcasing the amazing spirits we have to offer.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Sloe Gin Negroni

Jake
Production Assistant
Spirit and beer enthusiast and creator of all things weird and wonderful. In the distillery Jake’s mastering the art of craft production as Mike’s right hand man.

MY FAVOURITE COCKTAIL
Sloe Royale

Distillery status

Creating Kent’s favourite craft spirits is eventful work! Whether we’re hand bottling or our much-loved copper pot still, Patience, is busy mixing up some great flavours, there’s always something going on at the distillery. Take a sneak peek at what we’re up to right now:

Distilling in progress
Bottling in progress
Packaging in progress
 

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