The Oxford Artisan Distillery has today announced an exclusive partnership with strategic drinks distribution agency, Sip and Savour, to scale up the UK distribution of its spirits portfolio.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the first certified organic grain-to-glass distillery in the UK. It seeks to disrupt the premium drinks market with its multi-award-winning Oxford Rye Organic Vodka and Oxford Rye Organic Gin – both certified organic by the Soil Association – and soon to launch Oxford Rye Whiskey.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery is the only distillery in the world to use populations of ancient heritage grains – painstakingly sourced and revived, bulked up over many years and grown sustainably at local farms in ways last used in the nineteenth century. The grain is then distilled at the Oxford base in bespoke hand-built copper stills, resulting in unparalleled flavours and aromas.
The spirits will be distributed through Sip and Savour’s trusted network, which includes some of the UK’s best bars, restaurants and off-trade channels.
Robin Johnston, Director of The Oxford Artisan Distillery says:
“The Oxford Artisan Distillery is delighted to announce our partnership with Sip and Savour as our exclusive distributors in the UK. With decades of industry experience between them, the team’s ability to take us to the next level is unparalleled, and they join us at the perfect moment following our recent organic certification and as we look towards a whiskey launch in December and a period of accelerated growth.”
Sip and Savour is headed up by prominent drinks marketer Jamie Walker alongside industry chiefs, Ints Haquani, David Price, Chris Bowen and Lewis Bowen.
Managing Director of Sip and Savour, Jamie Walker says:
“The Oxford portfolio is one that balances heritage and modernity and forges the way in sustainability and organic credentials. It’s an outside in product, meaning everything starts with the liquid which is reflected in the exceptional liquids they produce.
“We are excited to be partnering with such a fantastic company of people that are so passionate about creating fabulous brands with such a dedication to sustainability and organic approach.”
Sip and Savour is focused on building and developing The Oxford Artisan Distillery brand, increasing its distribution in the UK and driving awareness through marketing campaigns to discerning drinkers. It will also support the launch of the distillery’s Oxford Rye Whiskey this December.
The premium portfolio also features Oxford Pure Rye Spirit, Ver Viola Gin, Cuisse De Nymphe Gin Liqueur, Ashmolean Dry Gin, Oxford Botanic Garden Physic Gin, and limited editions – an Anniversary Rye and Madeira Vodka.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery spirits are available to buy from Waitrose, Mid-Counties Co-Op, Amazon, Virgin Wines, Majestic Wine, Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and The Drink Shop.