Oxford Botanic Garden is delighted to be collaborating with The Oxford Artisan Distillery to create a limited edition whisky inspired by one of the Garden's most iconic trees, the Black Pine.
In 2014 Oxford Botanic Garden’s historic Black Pine split in two and the entire tree had to be felled.
"The tree, possibly as old as 215 years, has been totemic in Oxford for its associations to JRR Tolkien, who sat and wrote beneath its branches, creating his Ents (giant talking trees) in response to its whirl-patterned bark." - Emma Townshend, The Independent
Oxford Botanic Garden kept and seasoned the wood from the felled tree, using it to create 30 exclusive numbered commemorative boxes for Black Pine Whisky, a limited edition rye whisky created in collaboration with The Oxford Artisan Distillery. This will be the second collaboration between the Garden and the Distillery, having created Oxford Physic Gin together in 2018, inspired by the Garden's collections.
"We are delighted to be partnering with The Oxford Artisan Distillery on this unique project to celebrate our anniversary and the legendary Black Pine which was an iconic feature of the Garden for so many years. We are excited to be launching this limited edition whisky along with unique boxes and coasters crafted from wood of the Black Pine – better known as Tolkien's Pine...it was important to us that the project included local artisans and craftspeople and we have worked hard to create the ideal whisky gift to remember this famous tree in our 400th anniversary celebrations."
- Professor Simon Hiscock, Director of the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum
About The Oxford Artisan Distillery
The Oxford Artisan Distillery, Oxford's first ever distillery, produces whisky with total provenance from grain to glass. The traditional grains for this whisky grew true and tall in fields surrounding Oxford. The distillery uses biodiverse populations of heritage grains grown through a new approach to grain farming known as Restorative Continuous Grain Cropping (R-CGC). Requiring no pesticides or fertilisers, these grains support soil health, biodiversity and the restoration of our ecosystems. The whisky is distilled into copper stills designed and built with the help of steam engine boiler-maker Paul Pridham and artisans and engineers from South Devon Railway Engineering.