Back to School with Burleigh's Gin

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Everyone knows I love gin. I LOVE IT! So when 45 West Gin School invited me to join them at their distillery just outside of my hometown Loughborough, I called my best buddy Patrick and told him to clear his diary pronto. Their master distiller Jamie Baxter is a superhero in my eyes -  not only is he the man behind the East Midland's very own 'Burleigh's gin', in a previous life he also perfected the recipe for the delicious Williams Chase marmalade vodka.

Burleighs gin
45 West gin school


The day arrived and we excitedly headed out into the pretty Leicestershire countryside in search of the holy botanical grail. We joined a group of bloggers including the familiar and lovely face Lisa from Glamour in the County and new (and equally lovely) face Laura from Extreme Housewifery and got stuck into the delicious Burleigh's signature Tom Collins cocktails waiting for us, 

Jamie started with a talk about the science behind gin and what does and doesn't count when it comes to the rules. He also talked us through the gin making process and introduced us to the glorious Messy Bessy, a traditional copper still. I don't want to give away all Jamie's secrets so you'll have to book onto the course to hear exactly what we were told! Suffice to say, the whole thing was incredibly interesting from start to finish.

Jamie Baxter, master distiller


After the talk and a mini tour around the distillery,  including a look at all those tasty bottles of Burleigh's Gin stacked up on pallets ready for delivery all around the world, we got to the exciting bit. Distilling our own gin in mini stills set up in the classroom area. We got to choose our own flavours and with some help on measurements and combinations off we went!

Gin ingredients
45 West gin school
juniper and lemon peel
gingey bites at gin school
patrick bogie

I win no points for originality, I chose to call mine 'Gin Bites' - infused with grapefruit and lemon peel, rowan berries and coriander, the flavour is subtle and totally delicious. Over half the bottle has gone already and I'm fairly sure it won't last the length of September.

A class at 45 West Gin School (including making your very own bottle of gin) costs from £95. For more information have a look on their fab website. They are also on twitter and Burleigh's gin are on instagram. Go and say hello! 

gin masterclass with burleighs gin
gin masterclass



*I was invited to go to the gin school and did not pay for my class. All opinions are my own as always, I really do love gin that much and the class was thoroughly enjoyable!*

10 comments

  1. This sounds so interesting. I've never thought about doing something like this with friends but it looks so fun!

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  2. Oh this would be fun to do with my girlfriends.

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  3. Thoroughly lovely time! I haven't tasted mine yet. Thanks for the mention x

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  4. Looks great! Love the name you chose he he he x

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  5. I think this would be a nice hen do activity - civilised yet a little merry :-)

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  6. Distilling your own flavoured gin sounds great fun. We have Plymouth Gin here, I wonder if they do anything like this.

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    1. Now that would be good - I love their Sloe Gin!

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  7. Ooh this looks fab! Lovely pics as ever :-)

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    1. Thanks Ellen! It was a lot of fun :-)

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  8. Looks great! Thnaks for sharing..
    Copper still

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