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Bombay Sapphire's new headquarters looks like a giant drop of gin


Bombay Sapphire's New Headquarters Look Like A Giant Drop Of Gin | Co.Design | business + innovation + design

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What gives gin its distinctive flavor are its botanicals: almond, lemon peel, licorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise, most of which only grow in an arid climate. Once Bombay agreed to make real gin in the courtyard, Heatherwick had his lightbulb moment: why not pipe the excess heat and steam from the distillery into greenhouses dedicated to growing the botanicals used in the Bombay Sapphire recipe?

Oh how cool! What city is it in?

Although Bombay Sapphire hit the market in 1987, in all that time, the gin brand has never had its own distillery. Located in the village of Laverstoke in the United Kingdom, the site of the new Bombay Sapphire headquarters is a sprawling industrial estate with a storied past going all the way back to the Victorian era, when it housed a mill used to print out English bank notes.

So... Nowhere near India?!

I feel cheated. 

Great Britain has no qualms about celebrating its imperial past, does it?

It really doesn't. And it somehow convinced Scotland to remain a part of it!

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