Physic Gin is the first gin made for the University of Oxford thanks to a 25-year licence - and the first of its kind granted by the University, allowing spirits to be made with the revered Oxford brand, by The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD).
Just six months after the opening of Oxfords first distillery, The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) has today unveiled its second premium gin - a complex, richly botanical Physic Gin created for the University of Oxfords Botanic Garden.
Physic Gin, which carries the exclusive University of Oxford brand, is the first spirit to be launched under a 25-year licence allowing the distillery to produce alcoholic spirits for the world-famous university. Its formulation and design celebrate the history and current usage of the universitys extraordinary botanic garden the oldest of its kind in the country.
Founded in 1621 as a physicke (physic) garden for the teaching of herbal medicine, Oxford Botanic Garden was planted during the 1640s by its first keeper, Jacob Bobart the Elder. In 1648, Bobart created a catalogue of all the plants which he grew, now preserved as a treasured ancient manuscript at the Garden. TOAD is the only distillery in the world allowed access to the catalogue and Garden to both inspire and flavour its recipes.