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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Bombay Sapphire Distillery | Laverstoke Mill

Bombay Sapphire Distillery Blog Review
If you're a longterm reader of A Glass Of Ice, you'll know I'm not much of a drinker besides to mark special occasions and general moments of celebration.  However, I'll make the exception for the Bombay Sapphire Distillery.  Nestled in Hampshire within Laverstoke Mill, the distillery showcases the 'care, skill and artistry' behind the world-famous brand of Bombay Sapphire Gin.  But before we get into the history of the brand (and believe me, it's pretty fascinating), I'll come clean about just why I made the journey there to sample their Tour and Tasting day experience.  The glasshouses.  I know, I know... but the obsession is still very much there and it's grown stronger than ever before thanks to seeing this elegant twin structure first hand.
Bombay Sapphire Twin Glasshouses Travel Photography
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour and Taste Review
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Travel Blog ReviewUgh, be still my beating heart.  Not one but two glasshouses?  Yes pleaaaase.  The twin glasshouses sit at the heart of the two hour self-guided tour, and grow examples of the ten botanical ingredients found in Bombay Sapphire's gin.  Interestingly, they haven't changed the way in which they make their gin since 1987, a gin recipe crafted by in 1761 by Thomas Dakin.  Just... don't bother asking for the intricacies because their exact recipe for the 'world'd best gin' is a very closely guarded secret!  Ooh.
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Glasshouse Structure
Bombay Sapphire Gin Cocktail Drink
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Twin Glasshouse Photography Photography isn't allowed around the distillation equipment for health and safety reasons.  Although having said that, I can't say whipping out my camera had crossed my mind throughout this guided part of the tour anyway; the mass of information is fascinating.  Also, you will laugh.  A lot.  Alright, onto my favourite part of the two-hour experience (uh, besides oggling the glasshouses) - creating a personalised gin!  A bright and airy room at Laverstoke Mill is home to a room full of ingredients.  Lifting each lid, a strong scent is revealed and with each one being very different from the next.  Using a hole punch, you mark your fave scents (ie. the ones that don't make your eyes water in disgust) on your gin card and hand it in at the end of the two hour self-guided tour.  And then, ladies and gents... the mixologists create the 'perfect' gin for you!  Ta-dah!
Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery Tour and Taste Blog Review
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Gin Botanical Ingredients
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Travel Blog Review 2018
I really love the self-guided structure of the tour - albeit with Bombay Sapphire tour guides stepping in when necessary to talk each group through particular points of interest.  This allows you to absorb the facts and figures at your own pace, and also duck out every few moments to take a photo or two!
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Tour and Taste Blog Review
Bombay Sapphire Distillery Laverstoke Mill Location
So, there we have it.  The ultimate day out at a distillery via someone who doesn't really drink very often!  Now you've seen it all.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this kind of experience; have you ever visited a distillery before?  Let me know in the comments below!

Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Laverstoke Mill
London Road
RG28 7NR

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. I always adore your posts,stunning pictures ❤

  2. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I can't believe the amazing places where you take your photographs! Incredible place and the personalized gin probably made the glass houses look extra special ;D xx

    Teresa |

  3. The photos are stunning, you are gorgeous ♥

  4. Oh very amazing photos, great place.

  5. That glass house is so so pretty! Love the refined industrial look. And exciting with the personalized gin. Sounds like a really fun guide and experience. Also, I'm spotting some fierce leo shoes! ;) Xx

  6. I love glass houses too, and these two looks great. I'd love to visit this distillery. I don't consume any kind of alcohol for health reasons, but it still seems like an interesting place to visit.

    Cute outfit! Seems like you had a nice time there.

  7. Oh wow what stunning glasshouses! Sounds like such a fun tour too, even though I don't drink Gin.

    I like your casual outfit, the printed tee is so cute with your jeans!

    Hope that you had a great weekend! It was supposed to be a rainy one here, but we managed to get out in between all the rain which was nice :)

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  9. OMG this is sooo beautiful, your pics are insane babe !

  10. I am not much of a drinker either, but even I have heard of Bombay Sapphire Gin.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  11. I'm also not much of a drinker but I also wouldn't pas up the chance to visit a distillery. Lucky you Gabrielle! That glasshouse is spectacular and even though photos weren't allowed, I'm willing to bet the tour was fascinating! Have a fab new week lovely!

  12. What a beautiful distillery Bombay Sapphire has, I know how much you love glasshouses and being at this location must have been quite the experience, absolutely gorgeous!

    I have a mini sample of Bombay Sapphire sitting because it looked pretty and blue in my kitchen and haven't touched it, think their brand in terms of packaging is beautiful.

    The thought process and general creation of product process must be incredibly interesting to watch, I've always had a thing about factories and processes and keen to view a distillery or food production of a favourite brand (chocolate) if I can sometime.

    Wonderful review and pictures.

    Laura xo

  13. I've only visited beer breweries before, but none of them looked as stunning as this one, I love the architecture of the glasshouse! I rarely drink liquor but I'll make an exception for this beautiful place!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  14. That place looks so lush. You look gorgeous gabrielle. I bet it was a lot of fun visit that place

  15. No, no, no, no, no....a big fat no to gin. Mind you I used to love gin and then I overdid it once and suffered the worst hangover of my life and I can't even stomach the smell of gin until today. LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  16. Such gorgeous photos! Makes me want to go there now!! You look amazing Gabrielle! x

    Adventures in May | Miss Nev

  17. This place is amazing and you outfit blends so well with all the beautiful background xoxo Cris

  18. Can your photos get any more beautiful - totally in love with the vibe of this post, everything is just gorgeous and you look beautiful!!! Hope you're having a lovely week so far lovely! :)

    Layla x

  19. Such a gorgeous place, it looks so tranquil and peaceful!
    I'm fascinated by the architecture, though.
    Thanks for sharing about this amazing place.

    - Marina W

  20. Oh wow the architecture is amazing and the cocktails look so delicious!! Looooooooove how you edit yout photos babe well done!!!

    Love from London,

  21. I also don't drink very much but gin is something I find hard to turn down! What a cool place though, it sounds and looks so fun!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  22. Wow my boyfriend loves Gin, this would be the perfect place to take him, thanks for sharing the post!

  23. I have never visited a distillery but the bombay sapphire one looks beautiful.

  24. I'm not a drinker myself, much more of an occasional girl too. You and I, have much love for nature and large plants. The glass houses are gorgeous as are all the other photos of the Distillery. I bet your gin tasted lovely : ) xo


  25. So fascinating! I enjoy tours like these as well... there is such an art to it. The cocktail also looks delicious!


  26. That place sounds amazing, and I do like a glass of gin during summer :)

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  27. Love your outfit!
    xx- Nina

  28. Definitely the place to be! We are huge fans of Bombay Sapphire so we'd love to visit that place one day :D

    With love and sunshine,

    Patricia & Miguel

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  30. It looks so beautiful!

    Mariya |

  31. Oh I love the scenery of the place. Gotta visit even though I don't drink alcohol. Lol!! Loving the casual outfit here Gabrielle. Beautiful shots! :-)

  32. What splendid images. Although, I don't drink gin, I do make cocktails for friends during our dinner parties and the sound of a personalised one is tempting. The glasshouses are wonderful, I'm sure I'd be entirely fascinated with the info. I've not been to a distillery in a long time.

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  34. These glasshouses are so beautiful, modern and amazing. I was so fascinated because I didn't know what is inside until I dind't start read your post. It is funny that I have one bottle of Bombay gin in house, I get it like gift but I never before try it. Now I'm going look different at it, because thanks to you now I know how looks distillery where they produce it.

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  35. It really has a tranquility kind of feel. I love your whole outfit. Those drinks look visually appealing and I bet tasted wonderful. Have an amazing October x

  36. I totally love the photos you've taking - details and architecture are so pretty, I can literally stare at them for the whole day :) And I'm surprised that the distillery is in the UK! But I understand why they don't allow to take photos in some places, as you said it wouldn't be good for the health

  37. What a gorgeous place. The glasshouse looks like a set from a fantasy/sci-fi movie, fantastic!

    Jessica |

  38. What an incredible structure - it looks amazing and so nice to learn more about the history of the brand. My husband and I love a good G&T on weekends :-)

    Miriam x

  39. I adore your blog, the photos are always so stunning!! Love how your outfit blends with the place. xx

  40. Wow that looks like a really cool place to visit! I love the outfit too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  41. I love their Gin and I love glass houses and these are stunning, almost magical and the beautiful back drop for your chic outfit :) xx

  42. I love gin, I probably shouldn't admit that bit I really do and those glass houses are stunning aren't they? Looks like a great trip.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  43. What an amazing place- all that greenery and glass! :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  44. Looks like such a cool place to visit. Very fascinating and love the casual outfit look. xo

    Ann-Marie |

  45. Oh wow! Glass AND greenery: such a great combination! :) The pics are so impressive, I cannot even fathom how impressive it must have been in person.


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