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Our Gin

The tantalisingly smooth and complex taste of Bombay Sapphire is the product of an imaginative blend of the finest raw ingredients. A perfect balance of a unique combination of 10 exotic botanicals from around the globe, paired with a Vapour Infusion process, creates our unique London Dry Gin.

Our Botanicals

Bombay Sapphire was the first premium gin to showcase the importance of botanicals, which are hand-selected from exotic locations around the world by our Master of Botanicals, Ivano Tonutti.

The 10 precious botanicals used in our gin result in a complex aromatic liquid that delivers a broader, more balanced flavour.

  • Juniper Berries
  • Lemon Peel
  • Grains of Paradise
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Cubeb Berries
  • Orris Root
  • Almonds
  • Cassia Bark
  • Liquorice
  • Angelica

Distillation Process

We are passionate about producing the finest gin possible; which is why the creation of Bombay Sapphire is truly unique.

Whilst ordinary gins boil their botanicals directly in the spirit to achieve their flavour, the taste of Bombay Sapphire is created through the Vapour Infusion process.

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We've taken an imaginative approach to gin making - one of the secrets to our success. It is based on a 1761 recipe created by pioneering English distiller, Thomas Dakin. Dakin's inspired recipe and sophisticated distilling methods signalled a new era of quality for gin. In fact, Bombay Sapphire continues to be made using a Carterhead still purchased by the Dakin family in 1831.

Unlike many gins that boil botanicals directly in the spirit, the 10 precious botanicals used in our gin are held separate from the spirit in perforated copper baskets. The rare Carterhead stills then remove any impurities in the spirit vapour before it passes up through the botanicals, being delicately infused with the individual aromatic flavours, before returning to its liquid, sip-able form.

Our History

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  • 1760

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    Thomas Dakin acquires premises including a still in Warrington On 2 February 1760, at the age of 24, Thomas Dakin bought himself a property in Warrington with commercial potential for distilling. He described himself on the deed of conveyance as a 'distiller' and purchased a house, garden and business premises on the west side of the Bridge Street.
  • 1761

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    Thomas Dakin distills Warrington gin for the first time at 27 Bridge Street Wealthier travellers who increasingly pass through Warrington demand the best of everything, including the now patriotic English 'gin'. With the lift on grain distilling, Thomas Dakin sets out to make a gin of superior quality creating his '1761' recipe from rare and exotic botanicals.
  • 1788

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    Edward Dakin founds the Amicable Club
  • 1831

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    William Dakin purchases a new Copper Pot Still Thomas Dakin's grandson, William, oversaw the introduction of two new pot stills, the first purchased in 1831. The Corty Head and the Carterhead rectifiers are both distinctly visible in the 1957 photograph of the still room. This new technology was adapted with a copper basket containing botanicals, adding flavour to the spirit. This process, known as Vapour Infusion, dramatically improved the quality of the spirit.
  • 1836

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    William Dakin purchases a second Copper Pot Still
  • 1860

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    Edward Greenall leases the distillery
  • 1870

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    Edward Greenall aquires the distillery from Mary Dakin who now lives in Somerset In 1870 Edward Greenall bought the distillery outright, and with this the family acquired a known brand of English gin and an established distribution network for it through the wine merchant business.

    After over 100 years the Dakin family ceased to be associated with distilling the Warrington Gin recipe.
  • 1959

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    Allan Subin chooses a recipe for Bombay Original based on Dakin's 1761 recipe When Allan Subin arrived at the Bridge Street Distillery in 1959, a unique gin was being made using rare botanicals from around the world. Warrington Gin had evolved through nearly 200 years of production improvements to become a Vapour Infused spirit, distilled using an 1836 copper pot. The pot was fixed with a Carterhead dating back to the 1800s.
  • 1959

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    Allan Subin sets up the Bombay Spirits Company The Bombay Spirits Company was set up early in the 1960s by Allan Subin, a lawyer turned importer of premium quality spirits. A man with imagination, he set out with the aim to create a new gin to elevate the category for a new generation.
  • 1959

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    Bombay Original is created Allan Subin's wife provided him with his inspiration for the creation of a truly English gin for the US market.

    For his icon he chose Queen Victoria with the name Bombay to make a strong English link to evoke a time of poise and elegance during the days of the British Raj in India and when gin was the only drink and Queen Victoria was Empress.


  • 1960

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    Bombay Original launched in the US
  • 1963

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    Bombay Original inspires the US reaching 10,000 cases
  • 1972

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    Death of Allan Subin
  • 1985

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    The Bombay Spirits Company Limited discusses the future of Bombay Traditional gin brands were losing out to newer spirits. Michel Roux worked with The Bombay Spirits Company to create a gin brand that would make taste part of the aspiration, and change the perceptions of the category. New recipes were trialled, and, after much debate, the company decided on the addition of two peppers, Cubeb Berries and Grains of Paradise.
  • 1986

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    Bombay Sapphire created, with its distinctive blue bottle being launched Focusing on aspects of the jewellery industry to create a premium image, the designer took the Star of Bombay, one of the world’s largest blue sapphires, as its inspiration. With the notion of luxury supported by the inspirational Star of Bombay, the idea for a light blue bottle was conceived and a new brand named Bombay Sapphire was born.
  • 1992

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    Design credentials established through advertising Throughout the nineties and beyond, leading figures from the design world created imaginative glasses inspired by Bombay Sapphire. The iconic results of this activity were at the core of advertising campaigns for Bombay Sapphire throughout the decade.
  • 1998

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    Bacardi Limited purchases Bombay Sapphire
  • 2001

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    Bombay Sapphire Foundation established The Bombay Sapphire Foundation was established in 2001 to recognise, encourage and reward the very best in contemporary design and in particular glass design. The members of the Foundation include leading international designers and some of the world's most respected figures from the glass and design industry.
  • 2001

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    Designer Glass Competition The success and interest generated by the Bombay Sapphire inspired martini cocktail glasses was the springboard for the launch of the Bombay Sapphire Designer Glass Competition, to support up and coming designers. In 2006, the fifth year of the competition, 26 countries took part with finalists from as far afield as the US, Russia and Japan.
  • 2002

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    Bombay Sapphire Prize is launched To support and reward excellence in glass design, the Bombay Sapphire Foundation launched an international award. The prize is judged by the Foundation members, for innovation and excellence in the use of glass with the winner and best newcomer recieving cash prizes. Past recipients include: Jaume Plensa, Paul Cocksedge and Thomas Heatherwick.
  • 2003

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    New Blue Glass bottle for Bombay Sapphire
  • 2008

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    Bombay Sapphire Revelation created with Baccarat and Garrard Bombay Sapphire inspired three leading names in luxury and design - Baccarat, Garrard and Karim Rashid to create Revelation, five handmade crystal bottles individually decorated with diamonds and sapphires, priced at US$200,000 each. All profits from Revelation were donated to The Smile Train charity.
  • 2011

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    Bombay Sapphire celebrates 250 years of Thomas Dakin's '1761' recipe The result of an extraordinary 250 year journey was celebrated by Bombay Sapphire. The imagination of three men; Thomas Dakin, Allan Subin and Michel Roux, pushed boundaries whilst always upholding respect for English gin distillation methods. It had led to the creation of a brand that re-ignited bartenders' and cocktail drinkers' love of gin.
  • 2014

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    Laverstoke Mill becomes the new home of Bombay Sapphire The transformed historical site, Laverstoke Mill, sits amidst the idyll of rural Hampshire. As a site renowned for craftsmanship and quality, it has a synergy with Bombay Sapphire. The site has been redeveloped to the highest levels of design, functionality and sustainability as the new distillery. And will, for the first time, open its doors to visitors.
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