Anno Kent Dry Gin is a bright spirit that combines classic gin flavours with a gorgeous range of floral aromas inspired by the Kent countryside.
Based in the village of Marden in Kent, Anno Distillers are the first distillery to operate in that county since the 1800’s. The name comes from founders Andy and Norman, former professional chemists, who have taken their science background and applied it towards making delicious gins. Adding a bit of flavour magic to their chemistry means they’ve become alchemists, and they’ve embraced that idea fully. The symbol that adorns each bottle of anno is from a German alchemical alphabet and means “distillation.”
Unusually, Anno have published their full list of botanicals on their website. As well as common botanicals like coriander, orris root, angelica, lemon and, of course, juniper, they’ve taken inspiration from the bountiful Kentish countryside with some more unusual ingredients that are highly evocative of the garden of England. English hops add a bittersweet element, Kentish lavender creates a creamy mouthfeel and coastal samphire imparts a savoury burst that lifts every other element in this startling gin.
Anno has a crisp nose with rich floral aromas that leads into an initial burst of juniper, citrus and spice flavours. As the flavour develops it starts to soften and more of the floral ingredients come to the fore, before finishing with leafy herbs and hops. An exquisitely balanced gin that’s a must try.