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A Treat for Gin Lovers!

Members of SI Winchester, friends and family members enjoyed a visit to Bombay Sapphire’s distillery in Hampshire.

Old and new architecture at the distillery

The sun shone as we toured the plant. We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the botanical glasshouses, where displays of the plants used to flavour the gins are grown.

Inside one of the glasshouses
Just some of the plants used to flavour the gin







We were interested to hear the story of one of the female pioneers of the company, Mary Dakin, who in the 1800s introduced a new process for enabling the botanicals to be infused through steam, enabling a cleaner distilling process and obviating the need to use small children to clean the inside of the still. A major improvement in working processes and a fundamental social change of its day!

The distillery sits in a beautiful tranquil location on the River Test

And to complete our tour we thought we should just check the output of the distillery was up to scratch. We enjoyed a gin cocktail in the grounds just before the heavens opened and it poured with rain. Great timing!