Cocktails with… Anno Dry Gin

Anno Gin is made by Anno Distillery in Kent. The name “Anno” comes from the first two letters of the founders’ first names: Andy and Norman.

The gin, which is bottled at 43.0% ABV, is produced in a copper pot still and is made using botanicals that include: Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orris, Liquorice, Cassia, Cubeb Berries, Lemon, Bitter Orange, and Tahitian Lime Leaves.

There are also a selection of locally-sourced botanicals that capture the terroir of the distillery’s region:
Kentish Hops
Lavender
Elderflower
Rosehips
Camomile
Samphire

Anno also make a Sloe Gin, a Cranberry Gin, and an Elderflower Vodka, but it is their dry gin that I am tasting today.

Anno Gin FINAL

Neat (at room temperature)
Appearance: Clear, bright, clean and sediment-free.
Nose: Crisp, piney juniper, angelica, and citrus. There is also a touch of florality, some leafy, herbal notes, and the faintest hint of dark chocolate. Complex and inviting.
Taste: Soft to start, with a rich, full texture and a complexity of flavour that grows as you sip. The palate starts with classic juniper, before moving towards some citrus and then some sweet spiced notes and a hint of dark cocoa.
Finish: Bold and long, with leafy herbal notes, as well as the noticeable, but not overpowering, Kentish Hops. Balanced, with a crisp, dry lift at the very end.

Overall, this is a Classic style of gin with a Kentish twist.

Neat (from the freezer)
Floral citrus really comes through on the nose, as well as a hint of celery. It has a lovely thick and viscous texture – delightful; the low temperature really brings out the unique characteristics of the gin such as floral notes and the leafy hops. Whilst still dry and full of juniper, this serving gives the gin a more contemporary edge.

Gin & Tonic
Classic, clean and crisp. It is dry to start, with a zesty citrus middle and a long, dry finish. Very refreshing with subtle spice and herbal notes giving it a distinguished quality.

In Conclusion
Anno Gin is a great example of how distillers can capture the character of their surroundings in a gin whilst still keeping that recognisable dry gin flavour. I especially enjoyed sipping it from the freezer.

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