Product of: United Kingdom
Oxley is made using a three shot process, i.e. the distillate is stretched by blending with two parts neutral spirit - even then the intricacies of the cold distillation process result in only 120 bottles being made from each distillation which produces just 23 litres of pure gin distillate at 88% alc./vol..
So something of a space age gin with nothing much classic about its production process other than a fairly traditional line up of botanicals. So why is it labelled as a "Classic English dry gin"? Apparently, and rather contentiously, because the word 'classic' has been used in reference to the use of juniper, coriander, angelica and citrus which are of course 'classic' gin flavours. Interestingly Oxley conforms to all the requirements to be labelled a 'London dry gin'.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 01/07/2009
(bottle No. B03796) Crystal clear.
Superbly clean, fresh nose with very mild piney juniper and generous freshly zested citrus, particularly orange.
Bursts alive with sweet zesty orange citrus, moderate juniper and herbal complexity. Pink grapefruit emerges and then dominates.
Zesty, pronounced juniper finish with lingering liquorice. Not as rounded as some gins but then they're not as fresh and zesty.