We have been absolutely blown away by the interest in our Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #1 but we were also sorry to have caused disappointment to the many who missed it. As a result we’re launching our limited edition Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #2 for pre-order immediately, with delivery in early July 2021. Please note we are limiting orders to 3 bottles per person so more people can have the opportunity to try our limited edition releases.
Though created using the same grain mix and fermentation process in Hungarian oak vats as our inaugural Oxford Rye Whisky, this expression has some notable differences. Whilst matured in New American Oak, like Batch #1, this expression has been finished in a wine cask and though the fermentation process was the same, it took place in Spring 2018, when the weather was warmer, and as a result the liquid delivers more tropical fruit character. This is another spectacular whisky with a depth belying its age.
As with Oxford Rye Whisky Batch #1, this expression began life with a diverse maslin grain harvest in 2017, with several different grains growing together in the same field including multiple ancient heritage rye strains, wheat strains and even a few oats and thistles, such is the result of letting nature take its course in a healthy, diverse field. It is this authenticity, transported straight from our fields, that gives our whisky its flavour. We like to say we’re farming a new approach to spirits.
Rye is amazingly powerful and will always bring certain characteristics, but where our whisky is rooted in American Rye Whiskey it is certainly not American Rye Whiskey. A long fermentation in Hungarian oak vats has contributed fruity and creamy notes and toasty sourdough crust flavours come courtesy of flaking the grain in a centenary mill, rather than true milling.
As with Batch #1, this is a limited run and will not be repeated.
We use rye, wheat and barley grain, all historically fascinating and grown from varieties that were common before 1904, when the advent of modern farming changed how crops were sown and grown.
Our heritage grain is grown sustainably, eschewing pesticides, chemical fertilisers and even manuring. There is low to no crop rotation and the crop is undersown with clover. All of this contributes to an abundance of wildflowers, insects and birds across our farms.
In the past, farmers grew genetically-diverse landraces that adapted to local growing conditions over many generations. Our ‘heritage populations’ are also diverse, resilient and adaptable. Each plant in the field is different, creating a crop which is more vigorous, healthy and hardy than modern monoculture crops – without the need for chemicals.
Every part of our landrace sustains the agro-ecosystem – from microorganisms in the soil, to insects buzzing and birds flying above.