We've answered the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ below, so please take a look.
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Q: How long does your gin-making experience last?
A: The gin-making session lasts approximately between 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on numbers.
Q: What size is the bottle of gin we take home with us?
A: Each student will be able to take a 700ml bottle of gin home with them as part of our gin-lab sessions.
Q: What is included in the cost of a gin-making experience ticket?
A: The session comprises of a welcome G&T followed by gin masterclass tasting samples from our gin catalogue. You'll then be able to blend your own recipe from our extensive library of botanicals to be bottled and labelled to take home.
Q: If I buy a ticket for the gin-making experience can we blend as a couple?
A: Unfortunately not at this time - one ticket is for one student only.
Q: I am the designated driver or unable to drink alcohol on the day but would still like to attend. Is there a discounted ticket for non-drinkers?
A: For non-drinkers we will substitute alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic mock-tails, and you will still be able to appreciate the main qualities of each sample by smell only. However we do not currently offer discounts for non-drinkers.
Q: Can I come to a gin-making experience to accompany my partner but as a non-participating guest?
A: Sadly not. We have limited space for each session and only ticket-holders will be allowed admission to our courses. We also share a lot of specialist information regarding the production process of spirits which has tremendous value in and of itself.
Q: Is the Blend Academy a limited time popup or a permanent fixture in Winchester?
A: We have a three-year lease on the building lasting until the end of December 2021. Tickets and gift vouchers will need to be redeemed before this future date.
Q: Can I change my booking after I have booked onto a specific date?
A: Changes to event bookings can only be made up to 7 days before the start of the event. Changes after this time are at the discretion of the Winchester Distillery.
Q: I am now unable to attend the session, can I get a refund?
A: We are able to refund full price tickets up to 14 days before the session date. This excludes sessions booked on to with gift vouchers or Golden Tickets.