Your chance to win a bottle of Oxford gin

Oxford Dry Gin.jpgOxford Dry Gin competition for Oxford Today readers, (*Winners listed below as they are drawn)

Sept-Dec, 2017

Michaelmas Competition open to Oxford alumni, with a prize* of FOUR bottles of TOAD Oxford Dry Gin worth £39.50 each, donated by Toad Distillery (

The tasting note for the gin is as follows:

A classic Juniper-forward gin with layers of bright citrus and aromatic botanicals. Created from field to bottle in our hand-built copper stills using exclusive populations of ancient heritage grain.

How to Enter:

Go onto, and find our recent article on Oxford’s first gin  (

From the article, answer the following 3 questions:

Q: What was the original purpose of Oxford’s Botanic Garden when it was founded in 1621?

Q: TOAD is Oxford’s first ever what?

Q: What type of fields grow TOAD’s grain?

Submit your entry by email to, or mail it to him, Oxford Today Gin Comp, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD.

*Important: in the subject line of the email write ‘OT Gin’

*In the body of the email state your three answers answers and append your COLLEGE, YEAR of MATRICULATION and DEGREE SUBJECT.

Competition entries taken until 5pm on Dec 15th, 2017, in order that the last prize reaches its winner before Christmas.

The four prizes will be drawn randomly from correct entries, the next working day after Sept 15, Oct 15, Nov 15, Dec 15. Each winner will be notified by the Editor of Oxford Today. The prize will be sent directly to the winner by the Distillery.

  • The donor of the prize, TOAD The Oxford Artisan Distillery, can only fulfil delivery of gin within the mainland of the United Kingdom. If you live abroad but come to the UK you can always nominate a friend to act as recipient, but we cannot send alcohol abroad. Apologies in advance to alumni who are based outside the UK. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry is open to all Oxford Alumni Card-holders, excluding members of the University’s Development and External Affairs portfolio and their families.
  • All entries must be the work of the individual submitting them 
  • By entering the competition, entrants agree to grant the University of Oxford permission to publish the name and college and year of matriculation of the winner(s). 


Congratulations to our winners!

The September winner is Mr Justin Wilson (Brasenose, 2000, Biochemistry).

The October winner is Mr Edward Peacock (St John's, 1968, Modern History).

The November winner is Ms Sophie Benger (Regent's Park, 2002, English).

The December winner is Mr Chris Baron (Hertford, 1963, Mathematics).