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“A fun experience for gin lovers”

Bombay Sapphire Distillery
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Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour and Tasting
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Based at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, 15 miles from Winchester and 60 miles from London, the Bombay Sapphire Distillery showcases the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire, and allows you to discover the flavours of the botanicals which make our gin so unique. For over 225 years, the Victorian and Georgian buildings set astride the crystal clear River Test produced bank note paper for the Bank of England and the British Empire. Now, Laverstoke Mill is a state-of-the-art sustainable distillery which produces every single drop of Bombay Sapphire gin. Please book in advance on our website. The closest train stations to the distillery are Overton or Whitchurch which are serviced by trains originating from London Waterloo and Salisbury. There is a shuttle bus service running from Overton and Micheldever train stations, the timetables are on our website. The 76 bus from Basingstoke or Andover stops outside the distillery – check the Stagecoach Bus website.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The distillery is in a gorgeous location and is very pretty with the river test running through the middle - I’d like to go back when it’s sunny to enjoy a gin outside and to make more of the surroundings.
The cocktail masterclass was a fun experience, you get 2 cocktails to drink, and a nip of gin and water - the demonstrator makes 2 further cocktails too, for me I would like to have a little more hands on cocktail making in an hour but it wouldn’t put me off going back.
I love a good factory tour (geeky I know) so the tour around the production area was fun - if that’s not your cup of tea then that bit would be easy to skip. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all the questions really well.
The glasshouses are lovely and we enjoyed working out what flavour profiles we liked by smelling all the botanicals!
We had one cocktail included in the package - which was so nice we decided to have another.... out of all the cocktails we tried (6 including the two we made ourselves) we liked the starmalade martini and apple spice the best. I’d probably skip the shop next time but all in all a thorough lovely (and a bit wobbly) way to spend a few hours - will definitely be recommending to my gin loving friends.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We visited on a cold, wet afternoon. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. But .......

Be aware that part of the tour is outdoors and involves clustering around various speaker-points to listen to the audio guide. Two suggestions to Management on this: make the volume louder please - at times we weren’t even sure if the recordings were working and there really is only room for one or at the most 2 people to get close enough to the speakers to hear them. Secondly, put a rain shelter above them. The information was really interesting to listen to, but crouching in the pouring rain (the benches were too wet to sit on) trying to listen was really quite uncomfortable.

A highlight is the room where you can smell the various botanical ingredients and decide which you prefer. This was the third time I have done the tour. I have to say however, that on this occasion most the aromas were hardly detectable apart from a couple of the jars. Maybe the jars had been opened too often or the ingredients needed to be refreshed? I thought it was just me, but my friends and also people near us were also commenting that they couldn’t smell the botanicals either. This is a brilliant part of the tour which I was looking forward to, but it was disappointing time around.

There is a double decker bus providing good cafe food behind the shop. Beware that the seating is all on the upper deck for those with mobility issues.





Thank 2plus2kids
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AmyDBombayS, Manager at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

We're pleased than you spent a great afternoon with us and it's always lovely to welcome back return visitors to the distillery.
Thank you for your feedback on the volume of the listening points, this has been commented on by other guests and is something which we are looking into currently - we hope to be able to provide a solution.
The aromas in the Botanical Dry room can be of varying strengths - they are refreshed every morning but we can certainly check this and see if there is an issue, we're sorry that this was a disappointment on this occasion.
It's certainly a good tip to other travellers to bring an umbrella in the case of wet weather - although there are also inside areas where shelter is possible.
Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you if you return to Laverstoke Mill for a fourth visit in the future.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

I've been a Sapphire fan since it was introduced and have toured quite a few breweries and bourbon distilleries, but never a gin distillery. This experience grew my appreciation for Bombay and for the process, which turns out to be substantially different from making whiskey in several key ways.

The facility is quite old and has its own fascinating storied history, which you'll learn, although Bombay is relatively recent to the site and the tour is a recent addition. That said, their exhibit and experience designer did a fantastic job making it interactive, informative at the right level of technical process detail, and good fun. The staff is really terrific.

You do need to book ahead online for the guided tour, which I recommend. Allow at least a couple of hours, 3 if you plan to linger at all in the bar or shop afterwards. (We did a morning tour and then had a wonderful lunch nearby at the Watership Down pub in Winchester, just minutes away.) FYI if you're tempted by the tour to purchase the two higher price point gins, Bombay East and Star of Bombay, both are available at the duty free store at Heathrow.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit here it was informative and interesting. We did the self tour which included a cocktail and a guided tour of the smaller distillery. Big shout out to Connor who was fab. The staff throughout were very friendly. Shout outs to the lovely lady in the gift shop and Connor (again)
After a bit of a hunt we found the converted bus cafe. Lovely cappuccino, sausage roll and scone( note -cream would have made this perfect if it had been available)

Thank RoxySussex
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AmyDBombayS, Manager at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

We're glad you enjoyed your visit and found it informative and interesting, we'll make sure to pass on your lovely feedback to the team.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We arrived an hour before our allocated time to go around the distillery so we had a good look around, we found there cafe which was a converted double decker bus. The home made sausage rolls were lovely. The distillery was clean and the staff were friendly. Our tour guide was Connor he explained how gin was produced and was very friendly.
We would thoroughly recommend a visit.
Choose the take home pack as you get a double measure of gin rather than the single you get in the cocktail.

Thank david d
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AmyDBombayS, Manager at Bombay Sapphire Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

We're pleased you enjoyed your birthday treat David - and that you found our staff friendly and would recommend a visit, thank you.

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