"How do you fancy spending an afternoon making gin?" was the irresistible question from my friend. We were having one of those conversations where we both had that itch to go out and do something new and fun. "There is a gin academy just down the road from you" she then added, which of course, meant it had to be and tickets were purchased.
Burleighs Gin Academy is about 20 minutes drive from home. We did not drive there, public transport was invented for days such as this as you are plied with much gin (much gin) during the afternoon. But I am getting ahead of myself as I often do.
We arrived at the farm near Nanpantan, just outside Loughborough. It is really beautiful countryside around there, being close to Beacon Hill and Bradgate Park. This is a great area for walking (maybe not after lots of gin though....) and an area I know well and have walked.
The big still is called Messy Bessie and Emma, assistant distiller and our teacher for the session, explained to us how gin is made. It was really interesting and I learned a lot. I now understand why different hand sanitisers smell of vodka and tequila and also, of course, gin.