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Can You Believe Gin Is Made Here?

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Can You Believe Gin Is Made Here?
Photo Bombay Sapphire

Behold the strikingly beautiful Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery located in the south of England. The distillery sits on what used to be a 300-year old paper mill whose history dates back over 1000 years. Its unique blend of a scenic river, asymmetrical glass houses and Victorian and Georgian architecture make it a travel destination for any gin lover.

In order to preserve the historical value of the site the folks at Bombay Sapphire teamed up with the London-based Heatherwick Studio which specializes in sustainable design. The master plan was to renovate the mill using eco-friendly practices.

The site has been operating for a year now and has won the highly coveted BREEAM Award for Industrial Design. Here are some of its key features:

  • Excess heat produced by the vapor infusion distillation process is used to heat the glasshouses
  • The glasshouses house the 10 signature botanicals that go into every bottle of gin
  • Waste from the distillation process is used to fuel a biomass heater that provides hot water and heat to the distillery
  • Electricity is generated by a hydro-electric turbine in the River Test, a stream that runs through the property
  • The riverbank was widened and redesigned to include native plant species

The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery is open to visitors year round. Tickets for a self-guided tour are available here.

Check out this behind-the-scenes guided tour and the gorgeous pictures below:

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