A workshop in which plantsman and perfumer Stephen Nelson will discuss the shared disciplines of the perfumer and the gin maker – distillation, blending and composition - and will give a potted history of London’s early perfumery and distillery trades and the supply of herbs and spices for it.
You will be able to sample and compare some ‘elixirs’ and perfumes with Stephen, considering the structure and common notes in each and each participant will get the chance to blend some botanicals and essences to take home. This can either be in the traditional form of a sachet powder to scent a space in the home or it can be a blend to make a botanical gin. Each of the audience will choose their own ingredients for whichever they choose with help and direction from Stephen, for example: angelica, cardamom, citrus peel, juniper, liquorice, lovage, orris, rose or tonka bean.
All ingredients and materials will be supplied (but not including the vodka/gin base required for the maceration at home!)
Ticket price also includes tea and a home made cake.