45 West Distillery & Gin School
The 45 West Distillery is a craft gin distillery situated in Leicestershire’s Charnwood Forest. It is the home of Burleighs Dry London Gin and the ’45 Gin School Experience’ that teaches students how to make their own in mini cooper stills at its weekly classes.
Burleighs Dry London Gin is made by world-renowned Master Distiller Jamie Baxter, who produces Burleighs gin in ‘Messy Bessy’, a 450-litre copper pot still. Jamie is a passionate distilling expert who previously helped to create Chase vodka, named best vodka in the world at 2010’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
The main botanicals that go into Burleighs Dry London Gin are juniper berries (by law gin must contain juniper, which provides the overriding flavour) and coriander. After these, Jamie has taken inspiration from the woods nearby – uniquely, silver birch, iris, dandelion, burdock, angelica root and elderberry all go into Burleighs Dry London Gin. The resulting flavour of this locally produced gin is well balanced, with woody, earthy undertones and a long, dry finish. Jamie recommends serving it with a slice of pink grapefruit and Fever Tree tonic water.
45 Gin School runs weekly three-hour courses where you will take a tour of our craft distillery, discovering the history of gin and the fine art of distilling. You’ll create your own unique gin using botanicals of your choice before bottling and sealing your own 70cl bottle and adding a personalised label, ready to take home!
It now hosts regular distillery tours, too. The 90-minute events give juniper fans a chance to hear how the three main expressions of the company’s Burleighs Gin are crafted.
Distillery tour guests get to see how 45 West’s shiny bronze still “Messy Bessy” is fired up with base spirit and botanicals to produce 600 bottles each run, and how the product is perfected, bottled and despatched. You’ll be greeted with a G&T and have the chance to try all three gins.
10% off the price of a Gin School Experience (£103.50 rather than £115 for a single experience and £130.50 rather than £145 for a shared experience). Please mention that you’re a member when booking and show your membership card on arrival at Gin School.