Wild Knight Distillery in Beachamwell wins Best British Vodka title in World Vodka Awards
A distillery at Beachamwell is celebrating news that its vodka has been named the best in Britain.
Founders of Wild Knight Distillery husband and wife team Matt and Steph Brown won the Best British Vodka accolade at the World Vodka Awards. It was for their Wild Knight English Vodka, a smooth drink created using water drawn from ancient chalk aquifers.
Said Steph: "It was judged as having the best British varietal style, which means you can still taste what was used in the distilling process, which is barley grown in East Anglia.
“We knew we had a great vodka, but this has now been confirmed by the award. This is one of the most prestigious awards for vodka and we are absolutely thrilled by winning Gold for the Best British Varietal.”
The award is hot on the heels of another achievement last month when Wild Knight Distillery won a Silver Medal in the The International Wine and Spirits Competition for their Wild Knight Espresso Martini.
Steph said: "We were really chuffed with this. We launched it last year at the Food and Drink Festival at Holkham. I had ten bottles and sold out within an hour."
The Espresso Martini is created with Wild Knight's English vodka and infused with cold-brewed, single-origin speciality coffee sourced from the conservation focused Guima Estate in Brazil.
Wild Knight, which supplies stockists across the UK, has just launched its latest product three weeks ago, their fourth gin which is called Debauchery, distilled using cherries.
"We ran a competition online asking for suggestions and we had lots of entries but this came out as the best name," said Steph. "We are keen to continue developing new products."
During lockdown, online sales were stronger than the whole of last year. As the business is expanding, Matt and Steph are looking to relocate to new premises on a farm on the A1065 where they will occupy one of the buildings.
"In the last few weeks we have had a lot of calls from people asking if we do tours. There are no facilities here to do that, but when we move we would look to introduce tours and tasting sessions," said Steph.
"We are hugely excited for what the future holds. Moving into new premises, employing more staff and developing new spirit lines. Our next spirit will be properly-distilled English rum, called Ensign rum, which has already received a wonderful review from Ian Burrell, the World Rum Ambassador."