Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June: Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

For national gin day we cycled 133k to Laverstock Mill which is home to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery where all of their gin is produced.  As it is also the month of London Festival of Architecture it doubled-up the cultural expedition for its new glasshouse attraction designed by the Thomas Heatherick Studio.  Here you can find all ten of their botanicals from around the world growing in one place, heated by steam coming directly from the distilling process.  This contemporary structure appears as a funnel from the original building "India House" which once printed banknotes for the Bank of India but now holds two large vapour infusion stills.  It's a beautiful setting with Swans bobbing along the chalk stream running alongside the entire site.     
You can walk around all areas of the mill, navigating with an aroma map and get to smell the pure essence from each botanical in an interactive lab.  With a punch card (like orientering) you choose your favourite flavours before ending up in a cocktail bar where a drink is made to your very own specifications.  We are pictured in the greenhouse wearing our new cycling garms designed by Camille Walala and Kate Moross in collaboration with Romance Cycling in aid of World Bicycle Relief  .   An exciting new kit for an exceptional day!

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