Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Spirits bought the Laverstoke Mill in in 2010. Before the renowned Bombay Sapphire Gin was produced on site, banknotes for the British Empire were manufactured from 1724 to 1963 in the former paper mill.

Information about the Distillery
4 Bottles
England
-1.296072 51.234839
Active
2014
Bombay Spirits Company
https://www.bombaysapphire.com/
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Details about the Distillery

The Gin

Bombay Sapphire Gin uses ten botanicals sourced by Ivano Tonutti, the Master of Botanicals: liquorice from China, cassia bark from Indo-China, coriander seeds from Morocco, angelica root from Saxony, juniper berries and iris root from Italy, lemon peel and almonds from Spain, grains of paradise from West Africa and cubeb peppercorns from Java. During distillation, the herbs are suspended in a copper aroma basket above the alcohol. The rising alcohol steam releases the different aromas of the botanicals. Exotic plants from all over the world are used for the Gin, grown in special greenhouses at Laverstoke Mill and taken care of by an in-house gardener.

In addition to the classic Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin in the distinctive blue bottle, the distillery also produces the Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru Murcian Lemon. In this bottling, fino lemons, mandarins and sweet navel oranges from sustainable cultivation in Murcia stand out. Summery and Mediterranean notes of citrus fruits dominate in the Bombay Citron Pressé. And in the Bombay Bramble, you can taste the freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries.

The Production

To produce Bombay Sapphire Gin, the distillery uses two Carterhead stills from the 1830s - Tom and Mary - and two modern stills, each with a capacity of 12,000 litres - Henry and Victoria. 

At Laverstoke Mill, a team of 14 distillers are working on the production of Bombay Sapphire Gin. Master Distiller Dr. Anne Brock is in charge.

The Bombay Sapphire distillery uses a range of ecological and sustainable measures to produce its Gin. For example, renewable and low-carbon energy is generated by a photovoltaic system and a hydroelectric turbine in the Test River. Heat and hot water are provided by a biomass boiler using local, sustainably sourced woodchip. Some materials used during construction, such as bricks and roof tiles, were recycled and reused from the before demolished buildings.

The History

Bombay Sapphire's beginnings date back to 1761. Thomas Dankin bought a plot of land in Warrington, England, to distil Gin. In order to separate the aromas of the exotic plants from the neutral alcohol, the Dankin family acquired a still in 1831. The distillation process, known today as 'vapour infusion' and still used by the distillery, captures the aromas of the botanicals in steam. The Gin brand is currently produced by the Bombay Spirits Company, a subsidiary company of Bacardi. Since 2014, production is taking place in Laverstoke Mill. The former paper mill was restored, and a visitor centre was built with two greenhouses for exotic botanicals.

The Visitor Centre

In addition to guided tours, the distillery also offers Gin cocktail master classes, where participants can learn the basics of bar craft.

Visitor information

Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Laverstoke Mill
Whitchurch
Hampshire, RG28 7NR
Tel: +44 1256 890090

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