Liverpool Gin Distillery
One of many UK’s latest distilleries, owned by trade big Halewood, that makes itsgin with organically grown botanicals. It additionally does a rose petal and a Valencian orange gin. The 4 flooring of the Grade II-listed constructing – a former financial institution – embody a working distillery, a make-your-own-gin lab, two bars (one focuses on rum and whisky) and a bartender coaching college. Guests can be taught concerning the historical past of gin, design their very own recipe and distil and identify their very own bottle on the lab. Costs vary from £22 for a distillery tour to £65 for the tour, tasting and gin lab expertise.•
The Lakes Distillery

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Provided that the Lake District is simply over the border from Scotland, it’s not a lot of a stretch to see why whisky is made right here, and this distillery, on the north shore of Bassenthwaite Lake, does it in fashion. Whereas ready for its personal whisky to mature, it has developed some revolutionary merchandise, together with Metal Bonnets, the world’s first mix of English and Scottish malt whisky. The award-winning distillery excursions and tastings begin at £12.50 and have a video – with spectacular aerial footage – of the journey from the supply of the River Derwent to the distillery. A Meet the Alpacas tour (£12 grownup, £6 baby) is out there for youthful family members who won’t be fairly so enthralled by watching stills.• Setmurthy, Cumbria,
Cotswolds Distillery

One of many first of the brand new wave of English whisky makers, Cotswolds Distillery was based by former US forex dealer Daniel Szor, who fell in love with the realm when he purchased a weekend house there. On a four-acre farm, it produces an award-winning malt comprised of native barley, and a lavender-infused gin – in addition to spirits akin to an absinthe and a barrel-aged Dutch-style genever. There are 90-minute excursions and tastings (£10pp) that run thrice a day; no excessive heels or under-eights they are saying, which might be sensible. Drivers get miniature samples to remove.• Shipston-on-Stour,
Lindores Abbey Distillery, Fife

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Believed to be the earliest website of distillation in Scotland, Lindores was arrange on the location of the ruined 12th-century abbey. In 1494 it was recorded that Friar John Cor of Lindores Abbey paid responsibility on eight bolls of malt (roughly sufficient to make 400 bottles of whisky), with the intention to make aqua vitae for King James IV of Scotland. The distillery recreates this early type of whisky, which, like a gin, is infused with botanicals: cleavers (goosegrass), lemon verbena and candy cicely, all grown within the abbey gardens. A distillery tour and tasting prices £12.50, whereas the £75 apothecary tour introduces guests to the totally different herbs, spices and spirit essences from which they will make their very own aqua vitae. You may as well stroll around the ruined abbey, on the banks of the River Tay.• Abbey Street, Newburgh, Fife,
The Macallan, Highlands

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The Macallan has been round for a great whereas however, having spent £140m on its lavish new Speyside whisky distillery, it deserves a repeat go to. Designed by the architects who created Heathrow Terminal 5 (make of that what you’ll), it’s set right into a slope on the large Easter Elchies property and is topped with a grass- and wildflower-covered roof (there’s a video of it on the web site). The Six Pillars tour prices £15 – quite lower than the £2,700 you’d pay for its Macallan Grasp of Images: Magnum Version. This “expertise” celebrating the opening of the brand new distillery features a tour, a restricted version bottle of single malt and signed prints from six Magnum photographers.• Easter Elchies, Craigellachie, Moray,
Salcombe Distilling Co, Devon

Former crusing instructors Angus Lugsdin and Howard Davies have cleverly ridden the gin growth, organising their distillery in one of the vital affluent components of south Devon, the coastal city of Salcombe. Not like many distilleries now,this one is all concerning the gin, together with an upmarket gin college the place guests can distill their very own spirit in a mini copper pot nonetheless, bottle it in a personalised bottle and discover ways to serve it within the distillery bar (for £100 or £150 if two share a bottle). It additionally offers a gin supply service that drops off its award-winning Begin Level to visiting yachts must you be within the Abramovich class. You possibly can even go to the distillery by boat.•
Cambridge Gin Laboratory

It is a centrally positioned tasting centre and occasion area run by the revolutionary Cambridge Distillery, which began off making bespoke gins for eating places and different organisations: I bear in mind consuming a pea gin on the native Pint Store. It additionally produces a truffle gin, a Japanese gin with botanicals from Japan and a £220 Anty gin comprised of purple wooden ants – in collaboration with the Nordic Meals Lab. Occasions vary from a gin masterclass educating the best way to respect gin (£30) to a molecular cocktail night (Saturdays solely, £60) to a self-explanatory mix your individual gin session (£130).•
Psychopomp Microdistillery, Bristol

This Bristol micro distillery (a psychopomp is the guiding spirit in Greek mythology) makes a variety of bizarre spirits, together with a seasonal vary of restricted version gins, at present together with one flavoured with quince, orange and chipotle named after the Aztec god of fireside, Xolotl. It additionally has a brand new distillery (not but open to the general public) that focuses on different spirits, akin to oak-aged absinthe, aquavit and a espresso digestif, which varies in keeping with the beans. In addition to microdistillery excursions and tastings (£30) and distil your individual gin periods on Saturday afternoons (£110), there are common distillers’ desk cocktail evenings with themes akin to Roald Dahl and Eurovision.•
Aber Falls, Snowdonia

The primary distillery to open in north Wales because the early 1900s remains to be creating its tourism aspect – a brand new customer centre opened final month – however the gorgeous location on the sting of Snowdonia nationwide park, near the eponymous waterfall, is tough to beat. Set as much as make whisky (which gained’t be accessible until 2020), the distillery is certainly one of solely 4 in Wales. The 19th-century constructing was beforehand a slate works, and a margarine manufacturing unit throughout the world wars. Whereas it waits for the whisky to mature a variety of small batch and flavoured gins (and liqueurs together with a rhubarb and ginger and orange marmalade gin) have been produced. Distillery excursions can be found Thursday to Sunday, £8pp.• Abergwyngregyn,
East London Liquor Firm

This isn’t the one distillery in London (there’s Beefeater and extra just lately Sipsmith and The London Distillery Firm on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, amongst others) however it’s the first in east London for greater than 100 years. The East London Liquor Firm occupies the appropriately gritty location of a former glue manufacturing unit in Bow Wharf, the place it produces a 100% British wheat vodka, three London dry-style gins and a just-released London Rye whisky. The spirit of gin tour and tasting prices £35, the whisky lover’s one £45 (each Fridays and Saturdays solely) or there’s a distillery tasting expertise (£15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). There’s a pizza restaurant and bar on website, too.•
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