Bombay Sapphire opens new home

Bombay Sapphire opens its new official home this week after transforming an historic site in southern England into a “state-of-the-art” distillery and visitor centre.

Bombay SapphireHaving ceased its previous contract distillation agreement with G&J Greenall last year, Bombay Sapphire’s entire production now comes from this new base at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, with a visitor-friendly set up which will also allow it to connect more closely with the UK’s growing army of gin fans.

Featured in the Domesday Book of 1086, Laverstoke Mill’s more recent history saw it produce the paper used to make bank notes for England and the British Empire. Now the two hectare brown field site has been restored with the help of designer Thomas Heatherwick, who shot to fame for creating the Olympic cauldron at London 2012.

The 40 buildings on the site includes two glasshouses, one temperate and one tropical, where visitors can see the 10 botanicals used by Bombay Sapphire – juniper, lemon peel, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, liquorice, angelica – on display.

The venue also features a “Botanical Dry Room” and the “Vapour Infusion” stills created by 18th century distiller Thomas Dakin, whose recipe inspired the Bombay Sapphire style. After viewing the production process, visitors can try a cocktail at the Mill Bar, which sit on the banks of the River Test.

Commenting on the restoration project, Ben Farlow, global category director for Bombay Sapphire, which is owned by spirits group Bacardi, said: “We fully respect the importance of heritage and have made every effort over the last four years to ensure Laverstoke Mill is a place that is reflective of its past, and holds the fundamental principles of creativity, integrity and beauty at its centre.

“It is fantastic to witness the opening of Laverstoke Mill and show-off the incredible design and splendour of the site which we are proud to call our home as it provides the perfect setting to showcase an elegant brand as Bombay Sapphire.”

The brand’s master distiller Nik Fordham hailed the move as “the start of a new legacy for Bombay Sapphire”. He explained: “We are very proud of how we craft each and every bottle of Bombay Sapphire on site and look forward to sharing that passion and enthusiasm with the public.”

The move comes at a time when premium gin sales in the UK are proving particularly buoyant, with a recent surge in the craft sector. This in turn has led a number of major brand owners to tap into demand for a small scale, artisanal approach, as seen in the launch last year of Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Manager

James Eadie Ltd
London, UK

Wine Ambassador Role

Ramón Bilbao UK
London, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, UK

Sales Manager

Top Selection
London, UK

Assistant Retail Manager

The Whisky Exchange
London, UK

Marketing Manager

Ellis Wines
Hanworth, Middx, GB

Commercial Analyst

ATOM Group
Tunbridge Wells, UK

Customer Service Executive

Marussia Beverages
Marylebone, London, UK

HR Administrator

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, UK

Trade Marketing Manager

Australian Vintage Limited
Croydon, UK

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition

Amsterdam,Netherlands
20th Nov 2017

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017

London,United Kingdom
20th Nov 2017

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

London,United Kingdom
1st Dec 2017
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more