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About This Gin

Opihr, coincidentally, is the Biblical port from where King Solomon received luxurious deliveries every three years of gold, silver, sandalwood, pearls, ivory, apes, and peacocks. Unsurprisingly, Opihr, the port, became famous for it’s wealth, and Opihr, the Gin, carries this through with a wealth of flavours.

Despite probably being able to pick up most of these from one quick trip round a hipster market, the quest for these indulgences in yonder year would have been lengthy and required docking in various cultural regions and ports.

Our Opinion

Passionate about different cultures, we loved this gin. Whilst the botanicals are not particularly uncommon, the taste perfectly takes you on the exotic journey that sailors would have taken to obtain King Solomon’s opulent cargo: cubeb berries – spicy – from Indonesia, cumin – rich and earthy – from Turkey, and distinct hints of cardamon, ginger and black pepper from India. The flavours almost make you feel that it is wrong not to be languishing it from the comfort of a leather armchair, cigar in hand, in the drawing room of our Colonial Manor.

Out of Ten?

7

About This Gin

Oxley London Dry Gin is a revolutionary and innovative English gin, made in a small warehouse in Clapham. Scientists and distillers amalgamated their geeky know-how in one extraordinary eight year experiment; Oxley was born.

WARNING – It gets a little geeky here, but bear with us, it’s actually quite interesting. Vacuum distillation, A.K.A cold distillation, is a method that isn’t exclusive to Oxley, they just took it one step further. Normally, gin is created by heating up the botanicals and grains to somewhere around 70 degrees. However, cold distillation uses a vacuum to bring this down to between 20 and 40 degrees to help keep the botanicals ‘fresher’, but for the perfectionists at Oxley, this just wasn’t enough! Their vacuum brings this temperature down to an eye watering -5 degrees, keeping all those delicious botanicals packed full of flavour.

Our Opinion

It was in Gincident in Nottingham where we sampled this. Flicking through the substantial list of over 100 gins, the -5 degree cold distillation caught our eye. Served with fresh juniper berries and star anise, this gin is PACKED full of flavour; it’s honestly amazing! It tastes smooth and sweet, with an almost liquorice-like aftertaste. Their innovative production method obviously works… we’re big, big fans.

Out of Ten?

8.5

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