Origins of Wild Knight Distillery

Wild Knight Distillery is the creation of husband and wife team (and food and drink lovers), Matt and Steph Brown.

Our spirits journey began in 2010 when Matt travelled to Mongolia to be best man at his brother's wedding. Vodka plays a central role in Mongolian daily social life and the traditional wedding day started by sharing a bowl of vodka. The drink was even included as part of the ceremony itself, which the guests (of all ages) shared! They had to pace themselves of course, but we're pleased to report they did our nation proud in the England v Mongolia international vodka enjoyment ‘competition’.

We started looking into making our own vodka in 2014 with the desire to create a spirit that is the very best and purest that could be made; a vodka aimed at those seeking a drink to savour rather than guzzle. The ultimate vodka! Wild Knight English vodka was the result.

And the name? We wanted to encapsulate a spirit of adventure and the heritage of England. We think Wild Knight sums up all the fun, enjoyment and traditional English spirit that we wished from our vodka.

Our drinks journey continued with the launch of Nelson's Gold in 2017. This is a delicious caramelised spirit that has proved to be a real crowd-pleaser.

In June 2018 we launched Boadicea Gin – Classic (blue bottle); a delicious, copper-pot distilled gin with notes of citrus, thyme and nettle which receives amazing feedback from lovers of premium gin. Boadicea Winter (red bottle) followed in the winter, and this April saw the launch of our distilled pink gin – Rosa, a delicious pink gin with subtle notes of peach and cherry.

Our ethos is simple - we create authentic, premium spirits with real provenance and personality.

Matt and Steph

Matt and Steph Brown of Wild Knight Distillery

Matt and Steph Brown of Wild Knight Distillery

Barley growing in the summer sunshine at Great Bircham, Norfolk, England

Barley growing in the summer sunshine
at Great Bircham, Norfolk, England

Why we love our spirits

Authenticity and the highest quality are crucial to us. We chose barley as the base for our spirits, partly because it grows in the fields all around us in the Royal county of Norfolk. It has been grown commercially here for over 500 years and the Iceni were brewing from wild barley when the Romans arrived. The light sandy soils over chalk and the local maritime microclimate are ideal for creating the highest quality barley. The world's finest beers and whiskies use Norfolk barley, so it was a natural choice for us. Not just because it's local, but because it's also the best we can use for our premium spirits.

Precision during the distillation process is crucial to creating spirits that are smooth on the palate and do not burn. As it warms up during distillation, only the purest heart of the distillate is retained for bottling. This ensures that all the headache-inducing elements and harsh flavours are eliminated without the need for further filtration – essential if you love to enjoy our drinks as much as we do!