Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5-10 years you’ll have realized that gin is having something of a moment right now.
We British have rediscovered our love for this versatile spirit and it’s sparked an increase in distilleries throughout the nation. If gin is your tipple of choice then you might be interested in seeing how and where the magic happens. From small batch affairs to large producers, we’ve selected our top five distillery tours that’ll put the gin in your tonic.
A real success story of the last few years, Warner Edwards is fast becoming one of the nation’s favourite gins. Distilled at Falls Farm, Tom Warner’s family farm in Harrington, Northamptonshire, gin lovers can visit and see Curiosity the beautiful, bespoke copper still in action. Tours cost £25 and include a G&T on arrival as well as a £5 voucher redeemable against any 70cl bottle of gin.
Sipsmith have the accolade of having the first copper-pot distillery in London since 1820 (though there are a fair few more now). Boasting botanicals ranging from Spanish lemon peel to Bulgarian coriander seed Sipsmith gin is produced between three stills named Constance, Patience and Prudence. Tours include a talk on London’s infamous gin-drenched history as well as tutored tastings and cost £25.
One of the country’s larger distilleries, Bombay Sapphire is situated in a Designated Conservation Area with over 1000 years of history. Laverstock Mill in Hampshire has connections that range back to the Doomsday Book to the Indian Raj – hence the name of this popular gin. Tours are varied with options of cocktail master classes to hosted tours of the distillery. Prices range from £16 – £40.
Chase was Britain’s first ever single estate gin meaning all the botanicals that are used in the spirit’s distillery process are grown in one area – Chase Farm in Preston Wynne, Hereford. Tours of the distillery show you how a multi-award winning gin is made and include a tasting experience; they cost £25 which includes a £10 voucher redeemable when spending £20 in the shop.
Distilled with botanics including lavender, pine and lemongrass, Edinburgh Gin is one of our favourites. Produced at two sites across the city; the bustling West End and The Biscuit Factory in Leith, Edinburgh Gin tours are ranked on Tripadvisor’s top-20 Edinburgh Visitors’ Attractions. They range from learning about the history of this fascinating spirit to trying your hand at making your very own gin. Prices range from £10-£100