Gin Through the Ages

Gin is a spirit with both a fascinating history and an enormously wide appeal, thanks to the large variety of styles and flavour profiles that are possible. Our gin experiences begin by guiding you through these different styles so that together we can discover why you love your favourite gins.

Your education in this fascinating spirit will begin with a tasting of various gins and classic cocktails whilst learning about gin’s chequered history, from its “Dutch Courage” and medicinal origins through the Gin Acts (and riots) of the 18th Century to its popularity as an anti-malarial in tropical outposts of the British Empire.

Breaking Down the Botanicals

Alongside the ever-present juniper, the additional botanicals that we use and the flavours produced change with the seasons, from incredibly fresh rock samphire (that we gather locally) and pink grapefruit in the summer months, through to earl grey, lavender or burnt orange to suit the longer evenings of winter.

You will have the opportunity to sample various single botanical infusions as you develop your understanding of the flavour profiles of various gins, and why they are therefore sometimes suited to particular drinks. Because we distill in such small batches we can then design a well-balanced gin to suit your tastes.

Designing Your Own Distillation

Our full gin experience finishes with your group deciding upon your favourite botanicals, before sitting down to dinner in the Bella Luce’s award winning restaurant. While you dine, we distill a small batch of your very own gin that will be served at the end of the evening.

You’ll be presented with a small souvenir bottle of your bespoke gin sealed with our distinctive copper wax to take away with you. There is also the option of a larger batch being distilled if you really like your signature gin and would like to take several bottles home.