Visit to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery
- <p>Bombay Sapphire Distillery<br />Laverstoke Mill<br />London Road<br />Hampshire<br />RG28 7NR</p>
- 17:30 - 19:30
Non-Member - 15.00
Member - 5.00
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In building a modern distillery at Laverstoke Mill every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the processes and buildings are as sustainable and efficient as possible.
In 2013, Laverstoke Mill became the first distillery and first refurbishment to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ design-stage BREEAM accreditation for its distillery process buildings. In recognition of this the distillery has been awarded the highly prestigious BREEAM Award for Industrial Design in 2014.
The Distillery blends a renewable energy and high energy efficiency approach with some highlights below.
Renewable and low carbon energy provided by solar PV & hydro-electric turbine in the River Test giving carbon savings of 38%.
- A Biomass boiler provides heat and hot water using botanical by-products of the distillation process as a fuel source with any additional biomass required being local sustainably sourced wood chip.
- Ash produced by the biomass boiler is used to fertilise the soil on local farms.
- Throughout construction key building materials, including bricks & roof tiles were recycled and reused from demolished buildings.
- Rainwater harvesting and flow restricted water devices specified throughout the site.
- EPC rating of ‘A’ – CO2 Index of 14 and building related Carbon Emissions <4kgCO2/m2.
But the Distillery is best known for something else of course…
During the tour the sustainable approach will be explained in more detail but you will also get chance to discover the ten exotic botanicals infused into every drop of Bombay Sapphire Gin. A resident Gin Expert will then help you uncover the Botanical Dry Room, a real sensory experience to uncover your preferred flavour palate. You’ll go behind the scenes of the Dakin Still House, where you can discover the unique vapour infusion distillation process which makes Bombay Sapphire gin so exquisite, after which you are free to enjoy a drink suited to your personal taste profile ‘on the house’ in the Mill Bar*.
The local train stations are Overton and Micheldever with a shuttle bus that runs between these and the Distillery.
To Distillery: 16:25pm (Micheldever) and 16:50pm (Overton)
Return to Stations: 20:05pm arriving at 20:13pm (Overton) and 20:30pm (Micheldever)
Important Footwear note:
Laverstoke Mill is a working distillery they insist that guests wear suitable footwear. Please do not wear open-toed shoes or high heels on the experience.
- Martin Reed