At Angels' Share we so delighted that this year we have been given many opportunities to work with big brand such as Bombay Sapphire.
A Brief History of Gin
Gin has a very complex history, one that has been debated over many decades. The core ingredient in gin, juniper has been recorded being mixed with alcohol since 70 A.D, however, it was most commonly used to treat ailments.
The late 1600's is often referred to as the 'The Gin Craze' which is when King William III began introducing heavy taxes on wine and cognac in attempt to weaken the French economy. He also created 'The Corn Laws' which created an influx in distillation all over the country. This period of time was called 'The Gin Craze' because it was cheaper to buy a pint of gin than a pint of beer.
It wasn't until 1830 that beer became cheaper than gin. The next couple of centuries seen many ups and downs for gin and its production. Gin was commonly carried by those in the navy as they were often in areas that Malaria was present - they believed that gin would help keep this disease at bay. Our Gin Pigs also claim their place in gin history, as the preferred vessel to serve gin from during Victorian times.
Gin started to become the classic drink that it is today in the later half of the 20th century. It begun to be introduced into cocktails, which helped give gin a higher class price tag.
Bombay Sapphire's. name originates from the popularity of gin in India during the British Raj and "Sapphire" refers to the violet-blue Star of Bombay which was mined from Sri Lanka. The distillery dates back to 1086, it was formally a mill owned by William the Conquerer
Laverstoke Mill was purchased with intent on developing a distillery in 1761 but it wasn't until the Dakin family purchased a still in 1831 that the true distillation began. Laverstoke Mill has received several awards for their innovative designs, due to their refurbishment in 2014. it really is an amazing building!
They are working exceptionally hard to remain a very eco-friendly and sustainable distiller, using methods such as;
"A Biomass boiler provides heat and hot water using local, sustainably sourced wood chips as a fuel source."
"Throughout construction key building materials, including bricks & roof tiles were recycled and reused from demolished buildings."
We have been working with Bombay Sapphire over the last few years. Now owned by Bacardi , who also own Aberfeldy Distillery, who we also create fabulous bespoke glassware for.
Gin Filled Glass Baubles for Bombay Sapphire are only available to purchase through Bombay Sapphire, there are two different baubles, both containing their award winning gins.
This was a great collaboration for us, we are delighted at how these baubles turned out. These baubles make the perfect Christmas present and gorgeous tree decorations that you could enjoy later.