Enjoy a tour of the Glass Houses and attend a cocktail master class whilst enjoying the intoxicating experience of Bombay Sapphire.
The History of Bombay Sapphire
Bombay Sapphire harks back to the gins of Thomas Dakin. In 1761, distiller Thomas Dakin purchased a site in Warrington, the distillery where Bombay Sapphire was born. In 1831, the Dakin family started to perfect a process of separating 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’; the one still faithfully used by Bombay Sapphire today.
Its name originates from the Star of Bombay, a 182-carat sapphire and gin’s popularity in India during the British Raj. Bombay Sapphire is presented in a flat-sided, sapphire-coloured bottle that bears a picture of Queen Victoria. In the autumn of 2014, this new home of Bombay Sapphire opened to the public. It features the new Mediterranean Glasshouse, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, which is really two glasshouses entwined. One has a humid environment for spices that originate from the tropics and the other is a dry, temperate zone for Mediterranean plants. Here are grown all ten exotic botanicals used in the preparation of Bombay Sapphire to create that distinctive taste.