Gin Tasting on the Test (Hampshire)

Jun24

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26 km / 16 miles

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River Test: With a total length of 40 miles (64 km) and flowing through downland from its source near Ashe to its estuary at Southampton, the River Test is, in its upper reaches, a chalk stream and one of the finest in the land for fly fishing for trout. 

Test Valley: The River Test cuts through a landscape of chalk at Broughton, Houghton and Stockbridge, but also sands and clays near Mottisfont. The former rock creates scenery of familiar broad rolling downs and open fields mostly arable in use, while the latter creates a more intimate landscape of copses and pastures. 

Test Valley Gin: This is an London Dry Gin at 37.5 per cent, distilled by local entrepreneur Kate Griffin and infused with herbs sourced on the nearby Leckford Estate. Kate will be present to talk us through the samples, which are free, and offer us a £5 discount on bottles (£29.95 rather than £34.95). Website: http://www.testvalleygin.co.uk/. Review: http://www.silverfoxguide.com/spirits/test-valley-gin

Stockbridge: A small, pretty town developed in a linear way along what is now the A30 as it crosses the Test. Mostly Georgian, it has around twenty buildings listed at Grade II and II* which span the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. 

Mottisfont: A pretty village of brick estate houses gathered around an Augustinian priory converted into a stately home. The gardens are famed for their spacious lawns and fragrant rose beds. We'll be following the Test Way around the back of the house and its gardens. 

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