Unlike many gins where the botanicals used are a closely guarded secret, those used in Bombay Gins are well-known, to the extent that the ten botanicals which give Bombay Sapphire its unique flavour are etched onto the sides of its bottle.

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Ivano Tonutti (left) overseeing orris harvest

One of the benefits that came with Bacardi-Martini's takeover of Bombay is the company's botanical expertise which comes from the Martini side of the business. Ivano Tonutti is a fifth generation professional descendant of Luigi Rossi, schooled through his apprenticeship at the Martini-Rossi company under Giovanni Brezza. Ivano is responsible for the botanicals used in all of Bacardi's products, including Martini, Noilly Prat and Bombay Gins. His role is to nurture close relationships built over many years with trusted suppliers and growers and to ensure the quality and consistency of the botanicals used. The botanicals he buys are not the result of vast industrial processes, but are hand reared by artisanal growers.

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Every year he selects the best quality botanicals from each supplier, assessing their colour, aroma, freshness and oil content. Excess botanicals are purchased to ensure that if a bad harvest is rejected from one supplier there is still enough of each botanical of a suitable quality held. The botanicals are received at the storage house in England where different batches from each supplier are combined and then combined again with part of the batch from the previous year. This ensures year-on-year consistency. Before a batch of botanicals is sent to the distillery a further ten stringent tests must be passed to ensure the botanicals' suitability.

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Juniper from Tuscany, Italy image
Lemon Peels from Murcia, Spain image
Coriander Seeds from Morocco image
Orris root from Tuscany, Italy image
Angelica Root from Saxony, Germany image
Bitter Almonds from Spain image
Liquorice from China image
Cassia Bark from Indonesia image
Cubeb Berries from Java image
Grains of Paradise from West Africa image

Bombay Sapphire Distillery (Laverstoke Mill)

Status: Operational
Established: 2013
Owner: Bacardi Limited
Capacity: 2.4m cases annually (with capacity for a million more)
Visitor Policy: Visitors welcome throughout the year
Tel: +44 (0)1256 895 071
Website: Bombay Sapphire Distillery (Laverstoke Mill)
Address: Laverstoke Mill, London Road, Laverstoke, Hampshire, England, RG28 7NR
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Bombay Sapphire (40%)

Flavoured with ten botanicals: juniper berries from Tuscany, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice, Italian orris, cassia bark, Spanish almonds and

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Star of Bombay

Named not after the eponymous Westbourne Grove Curry House but after the Star of Bombay, a 182-carat cabochon-cut violet-blue star sapphire from Sri Lanka.

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Bombay Bramble

Bombay Bramble is made by infusing Bombay Sapphire Gin with natural flavours from freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries. The sweetness comes only

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Original Bombay (37.5%)

As the name would suggest, this is the original Bombay gin, predating the now better-known Bombay Sapphire. It was conceived by American entrepreneur Allan

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Original Bombay Dry (43%)

As the name would suggest, this is the original Bombay gin, predating the now better-known Bombay Sapphire. It was conceived by American entrepreneur Allan

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Bombay Sapphire English Estate

Launched in March 2019, this is the first of what promises to be a series of limited editions from Bombay Sapphire. English Estate adds three new botanicals:

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Bombay Sapphire East (42%)

Launched in September 2011, Bombay Sapphire East is the first Bombay Sapphire extension since the brand was launched 25 years earlier. This 'eastern' variant

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Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Mill

This Bombay Sapphire limited edition bottle was launched in 2013 to celebrate the opening of The Bombay Spirits Company's Laverstoke Mill Distillery. The

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Bombay Sapphire 250th

A limited edition bottle released in 2010 to mark the 250th anniversary of Bombay Original's recipe which back in 1761 was used to make 'Warrington Gin'

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Bombay Amber

Launched in March 2015 in global travel retail, Bombay Amber is based on the original Bombay Dry recipe with additional black cardamom, nutmeg and bitter

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