We are the only distillery in the world to be using ancient populations heritage grain, all sustainably grown exclusively for TOAD on organic farms within a 50-mile radius of our site. The rare and distinctive subtleties in our spirits are a direct result of our commitment to these diverse populations of heritage rye, wheat and barley.
The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) is a grain-to-glass distillery that uses locally grown, organic, and exclusive heritage grains, without the use of pesticides or fertilizes. The distillery produces a range of award-winning spirits, including gin, absinthe, vodka and whiskey, all with total provenance from grain-to-glass.
Grain-to-glass approach and true passion for distilling | TOAD is a grain-to-glass distillery, where everything is done from scratch, starting from field to the final bottled spirit, there is a uniqueness to each step. From the choice of ingredients, grain and stills, every aspect of what TOAD does involve creativity, ingenuity, a lot of hard work and a true passion for distilling.
Exclusive heritage grains | TOAD is the only distillery in the world using genetically diverse populations of ancient heritage grain. TOAD’s grain is exclusive, it is grown specifically for the distillery, without the use of any pesticides or fertilizers. It is grown within 50 miles from the distillery– it is local, organic, sustainable, and it makes TOADs spirits taste amazing.
Hand built stills |TOAD’s stills, Nautilus and Nemo, are also unique and faithful to the distillery’s commitment to craft and total provenance: inspired by Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and hand built in the UK by the South Devon Railway Engineering team of artisans and engineers, they transform TOAD’s exclusive grains into award winning vodka, gins and rye whisky (due to launch in 2020).
The Oxford Artisan Distillery (TOAD) opened for business at its purpose-built site in Oxford on 27th July 2017. TOAD is Oxford’s first ever distillery and produces a range of award-winning spirits, including gin, absinthe, vodka and whiskey, all with total provenance from grain-to-glass. TOAD is rare amongst UK distilleries in producing its own spirit, rather than purchasing Grain Neutral Spirit (GNS) from other sources.