Pernod Ricard-owned The Whisky Exchange has launched a distillery school in London to offer blending and distilling experiences.
The distillery school is based below the retailer’s London Bridge store on Borough High Street. It offers experiences in gin distilling, and whisky and rum blending classes from 12 July 2023.
The concept features 16 micropot stills and one 50-litre still, with guests invited to create their own signature gin or learn more about blending rum or whisky.
Prices start at £95 (US$120) for rum blending, and £120 (US$152) for both gin distilling and whisky blending. For the gin distilling experiences, guests can take a pick from 24 botanicals for their personalised bottling, and opt for a desired flavour profile.
Both blending experiences involve sampling spirits and how to select different components for a desired blend.
At the end of each session, guests can take home a 500ml bottle of their own personalised creation, and the bespoke recipes will be kept on file at the Distillery School for reordering.
Each session caters for 16 people. The distilling and blending space is also available for private hire, tastings and events.
The London Bridge Distillery School is open for bookings from 1 July 2023. The gin distilling and whisky blending classes are priced at £120 (US$152) each, while the rum blending session costs £95 (US$120).
Pernod Ricard agreed to buy The Whisky Exchange in 2021 to enhance its e-commerce growth and premium offerings.
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Author: Alice Brooker