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45 West Distillery

The 45 West Distillery is a craft gin distillery situated in Leicestershire’s Charnwood Forest. It is the home of Burleighs Dry London Gin.

Burleighs Gin is made in ‘Messy Bessy’, a 450-litre copper pot still. The main botanicals used are juniper berries (by law gin must contain juniper, which provides the overriding flavour) and coriander. After these, Burleighs takes inspiration from the woods nearby – silver birch, iris, dandelion, burdock, angelica root and elderberry. The resulting flavour is well balanced, with woody, earthy undertones and a long, dry finish.

45 West hosts regular distillery tours here. 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.

Member offer:

10% off the price of a distillery tour. You must phone 0116 278 8492 to arrange this discount. Please mention that you’re a member and show your membership card on arrival

Useful info
The Collection Yard, Bawdon Lodge Farm, Nanpantan Road, Nanpantan, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 9YE
0116 278 8492

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  1. Jon says:
    Your own gin creationBought this as a gift for my wife, I happily tagged along for moral support. Gin school was amazing experience, the team were welcoming and took the time to talk you through the art of making gin before letting us loose on our own gin masterpiece. Complementary G&T's were an added bonus. Great day out and highly recommended.
  2. MS says:
    Make your own gin!Great idea - make your own gin and take it home! Lots of botanicals to choose from to make a truly unique bottle!
  3. Rob says:
    Brilliant funBought the shared experience as a gift for my wife and went along as the spectator. We had a fantastic afternoon brewing our own bottle of gin. The venue is perfect and all of the staff are really friendly, knowledgable and fun! It's worth leaving the car at home if you can, as you get a couple gins during the afternoon.
  4. Alex says:
    Make your own gin!Although this seems expensive, as a one off experience, the gin school is worth every penny. I went a couple of years ago with my best friend and we learnt so much from Jamie. The best bit was of course making our own bottle of gin. Sadly mine didn't last long! We drank it all up within a month!

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