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: View website
Address: Laverstoke Mill, London Road, Laverstoke, RG28 7NR Hampshire, England United Kingdom
Bombay Sapphire embodies the idea of a modern gin, indeed it was only launched in 1987. However, both Sapphire and Bombay Dry Gin, its mother brand, can trace their origins and recipes back to the 1760s. Originally made at what is now the Quintessential owned distillery at Loushers Lane, Warrington, since 2014 Bombay gins have been made at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill.
It is common for distillery owners to claim sustainable credentials but Laverstoke is the only processing plant in Britain that has an ‘outstanding’ BREEAM rating for building sustainability. An acronym for ‘Build Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method’, BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment and rating system for buildings. Laverstoke passed with an impressive 86.81% score.
The distillery is powered by a biomass boiler [pictured top of page] fuelled by scrap wood chips as well as the spent botanicals from distillation. The rainwater from the roofs is harvested and used for flushing the toilets. Heat exchangers are used to recover heat from the condenser’s cooling water and this is used to pre-heat the spirit before charging the stills, as well as heat for the two glasshouses.
Scrap wood chips used with spent botanicals to power the biomass boiler
Spent botanicals after distillation
Ash from the boiler then used on fields