Origins of Wild Knight English Vodka

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

Our vodka 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 but while we were very good at the drinking of alcoholic drinks, we knew that we would need expert help to make it. So, we've worked with a hugely experienced artisan distiller who produces our vodka, enabling us to focus on the business of introducing it to the world.

We wanted to avoid flavoured vodkas, instead focusing on creating a product 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!

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.

Matt and Steph

Matt and Steph Brown of Wild Knight English Vodka

Matt and Steph Brown of Wild Knight English Vodka

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 vodka

Authenticity and the highest quality are crucial to us. We chose barley as the base for our vodka 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 vodka.

Precision during the distillation process is crucial to creating a vodka that is smooth on the palate and does not burn. As it warms up during distillation, only the purest heart of the vodka 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 it as much as we do!

February 29, 2016 - Wow!

This month we launched, sold out, distilled some more and had amazing feedback on our vodka. Thank you to everyone who sipped and helped us so much during our first month. Can't wait for March!

Matt and Steph