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Bombay Sapphire's New Home


Bombay Sapphire's new home at Laverstoke Mill is a Mecca for gin lovers! It is the first showpiece gin distillery in the UK - producing 25m litres per year - and designed to be a large-scale visitor attraction. Over 40,000 visitors are expected in the first year to enjoy the restaurants, bars and cocktail masterclasses. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the masterplan for the restoration and modernisation of the site - over 40 buildings plus the original banknote mill - included a biomass boiler, electricity-generating water wheel, and a sophisticated heat-recovery system for the five stills. The centrepiece of the distillery is the two greenhouses: these showcase the botanicals in both their tropical and Mediterranean climates. They are composed from 793 unique pieces of glass and were developed in collaboration with Kew Gardens. The taller structure offers dry, almost harsh Med conditions ideal for growing almond, lemon peel, angelica root, coriander seeds, juniper and orris root. The shorter house is warmer and creates a humid tropical environment in which to grow cassia bark, grains of paradise, liquorice and cubeb berries. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of gin as a spirit and Bombay Sapphire as a brand before tasting the gin in the Mill Bar at the end of the tour.

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