Bored of just drinking gin? Now you can enjoy a beginning-to-end 360° experience, thanks to Bombay Sapphire.
Back in 2010, the team behind Bombay Sapphire decided it was high time they found a proper home for the brand. After much searching, they literally stumbled upon the semi-derelict Laverstoke Mill, a collection of 40 buildings in Victorian and Edwardian style which had once produced high-quality paper for bank notes during the time of the Empire. These notes were also produced for British lands, including India, and the connection between Laverstoke Mill and Bombay Sapphire was clear.
After a long slog, the renovation is finally complete and the distillery will open to the public on October 1st. Along with two elaborate glasshouses where the 10 botanicals in Bombay Sapphire are grown in tropical and temperate climates, there's also a botanical dry room which looks like a cross between a medieval herbology lair and an Apple shop, where you can feel and smell all the key ingredients.
After touring the site with an interactive map, a number of bars on-site will refresh weary visitors (with Bombay Sapphire cocktails, naturally). Gin workshops and cocktail masterclasses are also regularly scheduled for those who want to delve a bit deeper.
Go forth, and drink gin.
Officially opens on October 1st 2014.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill, London Road, Laverstoke, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7NR