17 October 2018
Following our AGM, join us for a fascinating tour of Bombay Sapphire’s Whitchurch distillery at Laverstoke Mill. Behind the doors of this historic distillery in rural Hampshire, you can unveil the care, skill and artistry behind every drop of Bombay Sapphire gin.
The proud history of Laverstoke Mill is recorded as far back as the 1086 Doomsday Book, in which a mill is noted on the site. Laverstoke Mill has been under the ownership of William the Conqueror, Henry VIII and enjoyed four royal visits, most recently Queen Elizabeth in 1962. In the mid-18th century Laverstoke Mill saw increasing prosperity; manufacturing the bank notes during Queen Victoria's long reign, the site was expanded by the Portal family in 1842, and again in 1881, introducing further elegant architecture to allow for increased production.
In parallel, a boom in the popularity of the Gin & Tonic throughout the British Empire meant that gin was enjoyed throughout Queen Victoria's reign. Bombay Sapphire's heritage begins in 1761 when distiller Thomas Dakin purchased a site in Warrington, England, with the intention of distilling gin. In 1831, the Dakin family purchased a still, and adapted it to separate the exotic botanicals from the neutral grain spirit, capturing the flavours of the botanicals in the vapour - an artisanal distillation process now known as Vapour Infusion, and still faithfully used by Bombay Sapphire today.
Costs to members: Member £15.00 inc VAT
Costs: Non-Member £25.00 inc VAT
Location: Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke Mill, London Road, Whitchurch RG28 7NR
The Chamber operates a strict 7 working day cancellation policy. All cancellations must be notified in writing within the required period to qualify for a refund. You may however substitute names up to 24 hours prior to the event.