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Anno Distillers

Marden, Kent

Kent's first distillery in 200 years blending science and nature

The people

Andy and Norman have always had a passion for craft spirits. In 2011, they decided to put that passion to use, and founded Anno, the first distillery in Kent (their home county) in over 200 years. As scientists (they've been in the industry their whole professional lives!) they understand that making the best spirits isn't luck; it's about precision, and having a practical understanding of the equipment capabilities.

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The products

Andy and Norman's journey hasn't been an easy one. They had to wait 18-months for a license, which for entrepreneurs brimming with enthusiasm, must have seemed like a lifetime. But the wait paid off. Their still, aptly named "Patience", now creates a range of delicious gins and vodkas bursting with all sorts of exciting Kent flavours. At the moment, they make five different spirits, ranging from dry to fruity to spicy. The Anno Kent Dry - flavoured with Kentish botanicals such as hops, samphire and local florals, has won multiple awards and is now considered their flagship. But the Anno 60^2 - 60% ABV - doesn't go down too badly either!

Andy and Norman love distilling, because it allows them to fuse together their passion for the Kentish countryside with their professional scientific expertise. Creating Kent's finest spirits is a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation and combination, which they call "the spirit of alchemy".

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The team at Anno source hops, lavender, elderflower, rose hips and samphire from the local countryside. In Patience, they mix these award winning ingredients with citrus, juniper, coriander and angelica. The result is a range of smooth, classic gins and vodkas, with a distinctly Kentish feel.

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