The Bottom Line
- Brightly flavored English dry gin.
- Good for those who enjoy a gin with softer juniper notes.
- As versatile for cocktails as any London dry gin.
- Limited availability because it is a small batch gin.
- A premium gin with a premium price tag.
- Dry Gin produced using a unique cold distillation and 14 natural, fresh botanicals including juniper, citrus and meadowsweet.
- Produced in England
- Imported by The Oxley Spirits Company, USA
- 47% alc/volume (94 proof)
- Retails for around $50/750ml bottle
- Released in 2008 - Initially only in New York, Los Angeles, San Fransisco and Las Vegas
Guide Review - Oxley Classic English Dry Gin
That aspect of Oxley is likely also due to the careful selection and preparation of the botanicals themselves. All are fresh, including the citrus (lemon, grapefruit and orange) zests. While many gin distillers use dried peel, the freshly peeled zests are thrown into the mix in this gin, which may be necessary with the cold distillation technique to extract all of the essence. The other exciting botanical in Oxley is meadowsweet, a wetland plant that is a member of the rose family. It makes a sweet, soft appearance throughout the gin and does a wonderful job of adding to that brightness.
Because juniper is the key to a gin it is always important to talk about it, especially when it is handled in a way that changes it from our typical perceptions of its appearance. Harsh juniper with its deep pine can often put people off to the taste of gin and that typically comes from the application of heat. Oxley's cold method softens its strength while leaving it in the forefront. This softer juniper is delightful and may be appealing to those who like the newer gins (i.e. Aviation, Hendrick's) because of that aspect but who still desire a juniper-forward gin.
Drinking Oxley is pretty much open to anything you desire. Because it is similar to London dry gins it is versatile enough for virtually any gin cocktail from the Martini to an Aviation to a New Orleans Fizz. Though at the price of $50 a bottle, those are the style of drinks that I would leave for Oxley - it is a premium gin at a premium price and deserves premium cocktails.
Oxley opens with a signature gin fragrance. Its bouquet is soft and refreshing with subtle juniper, rose and sweet citrus notes. The taste is clean with a nice blend of botanicals accented with juniper and grapefruit. The finish is very dry - less oily than other dry gins - and just a little spicy.