Behind the Scenes - OX Gin
Chalgrove Artisan Distillery, home of OX Gins, was one of the first modern distilleries in Oxfordshire when founders, Bob and Jenny Clark began distilling from their home in Chalgrove in 2017. Having successfully grown their businesses in recent years they opened the doors to their new distillery in Spring 2021, with a cosy bar and gin school to boot.
After discovering a talent for creating the recipes, Bob & Jenny's first gin, OX44, was named after their postcode. The colours of the postcodes on each bottle all relate to the Oxfordshire area too. OX1, OX2 and OX4 are red, white and pink respectively and represent the carnations that are worn on the lapels of the Oxford University undergraduates on their examination days, and OX3 represents the green carnation worn by Oscar Wilde. OX20 is the postcode of Woodstock and is a Navy Strength in blue, which OX44's yellow colour is inspired by Oxford United's football kit.
Having outgrown their home distillery, in their new distillery and bar Bob & Jenny host distillery tours and tastings, as well as Oxfordshire's first Gin School experience. Bob & Jenny told us more about each:
"On our distillery tours and gin tastings you can get up close and personal with the distillery equipment and gins, meet our team and sip a range of multi award winning OX Gins. Or you can learn to distill your own gin on our immersive Gin School experiences during which you will take control of a copper alembic still under our supervision and create your very own OX Gin to take home with you."
One of the biggest surprises when visiting Chalgrove Artisan Distillery is the bar. From the unassuming frontage of the distillery on the Monument Business Park you enter a wonderfully cosy, classic and welcoming bar that you feel very much at home in, with comfy sofas, wood panelling and some vintage touches to the decoration. It's a charming hideaway to enjoy some gin and good company.
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