It’s all about gin this week as two new Oxfordshire gins are launched – Spirit Wolf from Oxford University’s Wolfson College and Signature London Dry Gin at Blenheim PalaceAND WE HAVE A BOTTLE OF EACH TO GIVEAWAY!

  1. Wolfson College has teamed up with Ox Gins in Chalgrove to design their very own, brand new gin Spirit Wolf.
Wolfson College’s Rob Tildesley with Malina Graf and the new Spirit Wolf gin at the launch party

Basing it on their college logo which has roses and pears in it, Chalgrove Artisan Distillery then sent them five gins to choose from which students then tasted and judged, coming out with an unanimous winner with saffron and rose undertones.

Rob Tildesley – the Wolfson College stock manager for the bar – organised the project and launch: “We had wanted to introduce a college gin for a while, something that reflects our sense of community for everyone can be involved in,” he said.

“We got in touch with Ox Gins (READ ABOUT THEM HERE: and they were really positive. We had lots of discussions about using the roses we grow in the college grounds to find flavours that worked.

Spirit Wolf gin from Wolfson College

“Once we had picked the right gin we ran a competition in the college to create the name and logo for our new gin. The winning designer was Malina Graf, while myself and Lucho Hildebrand came up with the name.

“Other oxford university colleges are now also considering making their own gin, but we were the first in”

Spirit Wolf was delivered last Wednesday for the launch event and everyone really liked it. We are selling our first addition bottles rapidly. Anyone can buy them by emailing for £45 a bottle.

“Other colleges are now also considering making their own gin, but we were the first in!

2) Blenheim Palace is also launching its own signature gin in time for Christmas using botanicals grown on the Oxfordshire estate.

Described as ‘elegant and stylish’, the Blenheim Palace Signature London Dry Gin has been created in partnership with Sky Wave Gin distillery in Bicester. (READ ABOUT THEM HERE:

Blenheim Palace’s new Signature Gin

It features lavender and rosemary picked from palace’s walled gardens, alongside Blenheim orange apples from its orchards.

Blenheim natural mineral water is also used in the distilling process to give the gin its distinctive smooth taste.

It features lavender and rosemary picked from the palace’s walled gardens, alongside Blenheim orange apples from its orchards

The recipe is the inspiration of Andrew Parsons, Sky Wave Gin’s Master Distiller, who created the World’s Best Contemporary Gin.

“It’s been a delight to work on this unique project with Blenheim Palace,” said Andrew. “We could achieve nothing less than the finest quality for such a prestigious client and much-loved institution.

Andrew Parsons, Sky Wave Gin’s Master Distiller

“Six months in the making, this gin is incredibly smooth with a wonderfully complex flavour profile.

“Andrew has been incredibly helpful in creating this exciting new product, and his expertise, combined with that of our head gardener Hilary Wood, has resulted in something truly unique to Blenheim,” said Blenheim Palace’s Head of Retail, Judy Bendall.

The gin is available to buy in time for Christmas both at the Blenheim Palace shop and online and costs £36.95.

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The competition closes on Sunday December 19 at midnight when the winner will be chosen and contacted.

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Competition Terms

  • Prize: A bottle of either Blenheim’s Signature Gin or Wolfson College’s Sprit Wolf gin
  • Prizes are not transferable and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.
  • There are no cash alternatives.  
  • You must be 18 years old or older to enter!

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