Ten UK gin distilleries that grow the ingredients for their base spirit

TOAD

The Oxford Artisan Distillery, or TOAD for short, has made it its mission to revive ancient species of grain for use in its spirits. Launched in July last year, it works with archaeo-botanist John Letts who has spent 25 years researching, farming and sourcing historic grains, and now works with a network of local farmers.

Most of the grains that TOAD uses are those that were popular with farmers prior to 1900 when the ‘monocultures’ took over. The grain in TOAD’s spirits is grown on 150 acres of English countryside within a 50-mile radius of Oxford.

The distillery itself produces an ‘Oxford Dry Gin’ and has recently unveiled ‘Physic Gin’ – a collaborative project with Oxford University – that contains botanicals grown in the university’s 17th century botanic garden.

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