Hampshire Life - - Gourmet Life -

Com­ing soon to the heart of Winch­ester is a unique place to learn, play and cre­ate your own gin. A new ven­ture by Paul Bowler, Head Dis­tiller and Founder of Winch­ester Dis­tillery, the Blend Academy will of­fi­cially open its doors on Oc­to­ber 1.

Lo­cated just off the High Street, the Blend­ing Room, home to the Blend Academy, will hold a com­pre­hen­sive li­brary of over 100 dis­til­lates. Along with ju­niper ber­ries, a wide ar­ray of fruits, flow­ers, herbs and roots have been used to cre­ate this com­pre­hen­sive aro­matic spirit se­lec­tion, from which academy blenders can choose their favourites to make their own unique gin.

Knowl­edge­able hosts will wel­come you on ar­rival and will be on hand through­out the three-hour ex­pe­ri­ence to help pro­vide guid­ance. To start with you’ll learn a brief his­tory of gin, this will be fol­lowed by an in­tro­duc­tion to the most pop­u­lar gin botan­i­cals and some tips on how to cre­ate a de­li­cious bal­anced gin, then it’s over to you to have fun, ex­per­i­ment and get cre­ative.

Each recipe will be kept in the Blend Academy records so that after your gin mak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, ad­di­tional bot­tles can be pur­chased via the web­site at any time.

Each ex­pe­ri­ence costs £120 and in­cludes a 70cl bot­tle of your own gin to take home. A lim­ited num­ber of Golden tick­ets are avail­able to pur­chase now for £90, of­fer­ing 25% off the orig­i­nal price at blenda­

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