Thursday, April 22, 2021


The Oxford Artisan Distillery, has today announced the launch of its inaugural rye whisky release.

Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #1 (46.3% ABV) which was matured in American oak casks for more than three years, was produced using a grain mix of 70% rye, 20% wheat and 10% heritage malted barley.

Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #1

The Oxford Artisan Distillery, uses ancient heritage grains grown by the distillery’s certified organic and regenerative farming partners, that require no pesticides, fungicides or herbicides, supporting sustainability and biodiversity in their fields.

Commenting on the launch, Chico Rosa, Master Distiller at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, said: “This whisky perfectly showcases our distillery terroir. The huge flavour impact of our grains: herbal notes from the rye, nutty caramel from the wheat and sweet malted barley combine with oaky vanilla. The long fermentation in our Hungarian oak vats, where lactic acid bacteria from our fields have been enjoying their new home, contribute creamy and sour notes, bringing praline to the table. The flaked grains which become baked around Nautilus’s steam coils, gift the whisky with extra toasty, sourdough flavours. Yin and yang, the whisky offers refreshing rye and warming Christmas spices, creamy banana bread and nutty, vanilla notes. Layers of cream, bread and herbs.”

Limited to 502 bottles, Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #1, is now available from the distillery’s website and specialist retailers, for a RRP of £95.00.

The second batch of Oxford Rye Whisky, will be made available for pre-ordering from 10am on Saturday 24th April, with delivery being made available from early July.

Posted by Steve Rush