Spirits of Adventure - Burleigh’s London Dry Gin

The 45 West distillery is nestled in the majestic Charnwood Forest, viewed by many as a spirit lovers wonderland. Distilled by hand, their products encompass what it is to be truly artisan. 

The company is owned by Phil Burley, Graham Veitch, and world renowned master distiller Jamie Baxter. Jamie is a passionate distilling expert who previously helped to create Chase vodka, named best vodka in the world at 2010’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

Their state-of-the-art distillation equipment is housed at Bawdon Lodge Farm, a location that depicts the quality and beauty of their 'Spirits of Adventure'. Adjacent to the Distillery is Burleighs wood, a natural woodland reserve of outstanding beauty. Whilst walking through the woodland Jamie came across Silver Birch, Dandelion, Burdock, Elderberries and Iris. Enthused by his findings, these botanicals went on to inspire Burleighs unique gin recipe and it seemed only fitting that this ancient Leicestershire woodland would lend its name to the gin. 

Their beautiful 450 litre copper pot still nicknamed 'Messy Bessy' was custom made by Arnold Holstein of Markdorff, Germany. The design of the still, the careful sourcing of ingredients and the great skill of the distiller, all contribute to the smooth nature of Burleighs Gin. 

This ideal location is perfect setting for the 45 Gin School. Experience a tour of their working distillery, offering you a unique insight into the world of a master distiller. The ’45 Gin School Experience’ offers the chance to meet Jamie and teaches students how to make their own gin using mini cooper stills. Whether you’re a lover of gin or would love a unique experience, their vouchers are a perfect gift for any occasion. Book now and let your imaGINation run wild! 

Going from strength to strength, they have now opened the '45 West' Bottle Shop and Bar in Leicester city centre. Situated in Hotel Street, they opened to great success in late November. 

This is an ideal city centre based location bringing 45 West Distillers closer to their customers. The ground-level unit is elegantly decorated with a great atmosphere and is very warm and welcoming. 

The venue will be open during the day as a premium spirit retail outlet. The shop will sell Burleighs Gin which is available in 3 variations, signature, export strength and distiller’s cut and other high quality spirits as well as American craft beers and a fantastic selection of cigars. There is also a specialist wine department overseen by expert Andrew Hill from wine and spirit merchants, George Hill, based in Loughborough. It will be a shop window for the team's products and allow them to service retailers, bars and restaurants across the city. 

At night it will become a bar offering cocktails, wines, craft beers and of course, Burleighs Gin. Jamie Baxter, said “I can perch at the end of the bar and see people drinking the gin and we can get first hand feedback from our customers. It’s going to be fantastic!” There's a little function room downstairs where they will be able to host gin and wine tastings. 

"We want the bar to have the same atmosphere as the old Vin Quatre bar in King Street – somewhere you would go after work and end up staying all night" Says owner Phil Burley. 

The team also plans to host gin tours, allowing people to taste a variety of spirits at bars and pubs around the city centre - Perfect. 

 45 West are more than just purveyors of great British spirits, they create aspirational brands and venues for true drink enthusiasts. The team are very excited about their new adventure and look forward to sharing a drink with you very shortly! 

45 West Bottle Shop and Bar - 4 Hotel Street - Leicester - LE1 5AW 

0116 2627336 - www.45westdistillers.com