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We are proud to be working with amazing suppliers from Sussex, the UK and further afield and we are excited to now be stocking Æcorn Aperitifs both online and in our vineyard shop. We caught up with Toby, brand ambassador for both Seedlip and Æcorn just in time for #SoberOctober to find out the story behind their non-alcoholic range of aperitifs.
How did Æcorn start? And why?
Æcorn Drinks are the world’s first range of premium non-alcoholic aperitifs, launched in 2019. They are informed by 17th century English herbal remedies and inspired by the European Aperitif tradition. Based on English sparkling wine grapes, pressed early and aromatised with herbs, roots and bitter botanicals, they are designed to awaken the appetite, and provide adult, complex options to enjoy with food & friends. Choose from dry, bitter or aromatic, depending on what you fancy.
Since Seedlip’s launch, the world of non-alcoholic has shown itself to be dynamic and exciting, and we hope that the introduction of Æcorn will additionally help solve the dilemma of what to enjoy with food, when you’re not drinking. Seedlip has given those who are not drinking a seat at the bar, and now Æcorn Aperitifs will give everyone who is not drinking, a seat at the table. We at Æcorn love connection; using ties from European culture and embracing British provenance.
Can you explain how you make Æcorn Aperitif?
Æcorn is a blend of early-press Sussex-grown wine grapes, and botanicals from all over the world, including the eponymous British acorn.
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
Non-Alcoholic drinks are exciting, rapidly emerging and a door into the unexplored. Although there is a feeling of familiarity, like a cousin that you haven’t met yet: Æcorn Aperitifs and Seedlip. It is a new direction for all of us, one that welcomes taste and textures. I found them mature, non-cloying and enticing; they played well with food. These drinks focus on what alcohol gave: weight, body, texture. A drink that lives up to expectation and beyond. What I find great about Æcorn is that we are alcohol ambivalent. Add us into a Lo-groni (equal parts Gin & Æcorn Bitter & Æcorn Aromatic) or for the no ABV lovers, the most famous non-alcoholic cocktail, the NO-groni (using equal parts Seedlip Spice 94, Æcorn Bitter & Æcorn Aromatic).
Why do you like working with Bolney Wine Estate?
Having lived in Sussex for around four years, studying and working in wine, naturally you learn what is around you. Bolney for me is a real pioneer in the UK wine trade. One that certifies quality. Producing an array of excellent wine and tasty still Pinot Noir styles, something that the UK isn’t focused on. I like their innovation and passion to push the trade in the right direction. For us, we are fond of their use of Sussex-grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Something that is at the base of our liquids. So, a sense of relation. Both celebrating British (Sussex) provenance.
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