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Wild Knight makers launching Boadicea Gin this summer

PUBLISHED: 17:36 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2018

The couple behind Wild Knight Vodka are launching Boadicea Gin this summer Picture: Founding Drinks Ltd

The couple behind Wild Knight Vodka are launching Boadicea Gin this summer Picture: Founding Drinks Ltd

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Get your first taste at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Not content with having mixed up the local drinks scene with their vodka Wild Knight, Matt and Steph Brown are due to launch their first ever gin next month.

At an event at Caister Hall Hotel in Norwich, the couple will lift the lid on their latest extremely quaffable spirit – Boadicea Gin.

“It wasn’t always on the cards,” Steph says of the new product, which comes in a mesmerising bluey/green bottle inspired by woad – an ancient colouring used by Boadicea and the Iceni tribe to paint their faces before charging into battle. “We thought though we’d actually like a gin in our portfolio and it was something we could easily distil. We knew we wanted something that could tie in really well with our area and we looked back to the times of Boadicea and what they would have used in their drinks – so nettle, citrus, orris root, and we’ve added lemon, orange and thyme, so you’ve got a great combination which is not overly sweet. It’s kind of got a savoury feel to it.

“Our favourite cocktail at the moment is Boadicea Gin Thyme, which we make with Fevertree elderflower tonic, a slice of orange and a sprig of thyme.”

The gin itself is an infused London Dry style, starting out with Wild Knight vodka as a base, which is made only with barley from East Anglia. This is passed through a specially commissioned copper still with the essential botanicals being nestled above the liquid, giving over their aromatics to the vapours, which are condensed and cut back to 40% for the finished product.

Steph have been out and about trialling the gin already. “We tried it at St Peter’s Brewery,” Steph smiles, “and we had comments from “wow”, which was brilliant, to one lady who said it was much nicer than mainstream gin! It’s lovely to get that kind of feedback.”

Join the team for the launch on June 22 or pop along for a taster at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.


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