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A New Gin for the Martini

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Post by John Brooks/Special to LAist

The launch party for a new super premium gin named Oxley was held at 8 oz Burger Bar on Sunday. There was a lively group who got to hear how this Bombay-backed independent enterprise makes gin a new way. Yeah, yeah. It’s gin. But it is different. 14 different botanicals are macerated in grain spirits and then spooned by hand into a kettle. Then, rather than heating mixture, a vacuum is created that causes the alcohol to vaporize at -5°C. In the true manner of distillation, the vapor passes through a colder probe at -100°C where it changes back to a liquid. The result is 94 proof Oxley gin that is hand collected in a bottle. They only make 120 bottles/day and only work 4 days/week. Not a bad job!

The taste is surprisingly different. Oxley has a mild juniper bouquet that gives rise to intense, almost sweet, herbals on the tongue only to surprise with a return of juniper vapor. The mouth feel is very smooth and the martini it makes is excellent. The martini is a bit more excellent if you stir it and use a Castelvetrano olive (that can be picked up at Wally’s Wine World or Bristol Farms’ olive bar).

Oxley is due to hit stores on June 8 in a bottle with a galvanized tin bucket around the bottom and a leather cord fashionably twisted around the neck. No word on pricing, but with ‘super premium’ as a descriptor you can expect $40-50 for it’s 1 liter bottle.