01/09/2017 - Collecting the wonderful local botanicals that make up our multi-award winning gin!
As summer draws to a close, it's time or team Anno to get foraging! Sloe berries are ripening earlier than usual this year so we've been scanning hedgerows, donning gloves and getting picking!
At the begining of August we collected this years Lavender harvest from the national collection at Downderry Nursery. As well as being home to the most comprehensive and well-researched lavender collection in the UK, the Nursery has some stunning gardens that we were luky enough to explore whilst collecting our supply of the fragrant flower.
The lavaender is one of the 16 botanicals in our Kent Dry Gin and adds a floral note along with elderflower and rosehips.
Sloe Berries, otherwise known as Balckthorn berries have been spotted in gardens and hedgerows much earlier than expecte dthis year. Whilst normally we wouldn't harvest them until the end of September, we spent the last days of August in trees and bushes collecting the juicy berries! These will be left to steep with our Kent Dry Gin to produce our rich and indulgent Anno Sloe Gin. Unlike many home made Sloe Gins, we leave the stone in the berry as it gives a delicious Almond flavour.