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Bols Genever tasting

This Monday 22nd June we are hosting a Bols Genever tasting with the Oxford Alcademics. Genever is the grandfather of our national spirit gin with great heritage. The session is open to all and completely free. If you are interested then please pop along to Raoul's. Session starts at 7.30pm and all those who attend are entitled to a discount on our drinks for the whole evening. 

BEEFEATER GIN TASTING 8TH JUNE

OXFORD ALCADEMICS ARE BRINGINGBEEFEATER GIN DOWN TO HOST MONDAY'S TASTING SESSION AND WILL BE TAKING US ON A GIN JOURNEY, SHOWCASING THEIR LONG AND RICH HERITAGE. HOPEFULLY WE WILL HAVE THE GOOD WEATHER TO ACCOMPANY THE G AND T'S TOO!! REMEMBER OUR SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE AND ALL ATTENDEES ARE ENTITLED TO A 30% DISCOUNT OFF OUR DRINKS ALL NIGHT LONG.

Clement Rhum tasting with Oxford Alcademics

So our next tasting is scheduled for this Monday 1st June in our basement bar with the Oxford Alcademics and this time it is with Clement rhum from the Island of Martinique. It is a very rare occasion that we get to showcase rhum agricole so we are very excited. It is a free event and open to any one who has a keen interest in booze. Kicks off around 7.30pm and all attendees are given a whopping 30% off our drinks all night!!!

Oxford Alcademics Events

So we just had a wonderful Journey through the History of Gin, presented by one of our alumni, Rob Poulter who is now a consultant with drinks giant Diageo. Rob also spend time with our team in the afternoon giving advice on cocktail competitions and demonstrated many of his winning drink recipes. He then presented at our Oxford Alcademics, a lovely gin tasting and we had a huge turn out of over 3O people. It was standing room only!! Next week with have a Don Papa competition followed by an Oxford Alcademics tasting. The Competition starts at 4pm and the tasting follows at 7.30pm 

 

 

The Cotswolds Distillery visit

So on Thursday the team went off to see the Cotswold Distillery. A brand new, English Whisky, yes thats right whisky!! distillery. Production only started last year and their first release won't be until 2017 but the guys got the see a real working distillery, from the malt being deliver right up to actually trying the new make spirit. The Cotswold distllery are also producing gin and have plans to release all sorts of interesting stuff. We highly recommend you pay them a visit too. After all its pretty rare that you have a whisky distillery on your doorstep!

Oxford Alcademics Next Event!!

OUR NEXT TASTING IS HAPPENING THIS MONDAY 23RD OF MARCH AND THIS TIME THOSE NICE GUYS AT FAIR SPIRITS WILL BE COMING DOWN TO SHOWCASE THEIR RANGE OF ETHICALLY PRODUCED SPIRITS, FROM THEIR DELICIOUS QUINOA VODKA TO THEIR JUST RELEASED BELIZE RUM. COME AND HEAR THE STORY BEHIND THEIR BRAND AND TASTE THEIR LOVELY PRODUCTS. REMEMBER OUR SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE AND ALL ATTENDEES ARE ENTITLED TO A 30% DISCOUNT OFF OUR DRINKS ALL NIGHT LONG.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

WE ARE WELCOMING IN 2015 ON WEDNESDAY. WE SHALL BE OPEN FROM 4PM FOR ALL THOSE WHO FANCY A EARLY COCKTAIL BEFORE THEY HEAD TO THE MANY NYE HOUSE PARTIES AND SHALL BE OPEN TILL 1AM FOR EVERYONE ELSE. AS USUAL WE ARE OPEN HOUSE ALL NIGHT, NO TICKETS REQUIRED OR SILLY DOOR CHARGES! AND A LITTLE BIT OF FREE LIQUOR FLOWING AROUND MIDNIGHT!

New boy behind the bar

Well before we wish you all a Merry Christmas, we would like to welcome our new bartender, James Gerrans to the Raoul's stick. His brother is a already a  well known figure in the bar industry and James has also seem to caught the bartending bug. 

We hope to see you all for some Christmas Cheer over the next few weeks!

 

Classic cocktails tasting

So we are gearing up for our next Oxford Alcademics event which is on Monday 24th November. Wayne Collins, star of Saturday Morning Kitchen will be hosting the downstairs bar and giving us a masterclass on Classic cocktails, their history and the making of. It is set to be a great event. Open to all and completely free. We are even offering an all night discount to those who attend. Early attendance is advised as it is already proving to be a popular evening.

OXford Alcademics Next Event!!

SO THE GIN CATEGORY IS FULL TO THE BRIM WITH NEW BRANDS BEING LAUNCHED EVERY WEEK AND WE SHALL BE SHOWCASING ONE OF THE NEW KIDS, BURLEIGH'S GIN. FROM THE MASTER DISTILLER THAT HEADED UP THE CHASE DISTILLERY AND CITY OF LONDON DISTILLERY, JAMIE BAXTER. THE SESSION IS OPEN TO EVERYONE AND ALL ATTENDEES ARE ENTITLED TO A 30% DISCOUNT OFF OUR DRINKS ALL NIGHT LONG. WHAT ELSE WILL YOU BE DOING ON A MONDAY NIGHT!!?

Oxford Alcademics Next Event!!

MONDAY 6TH OCTOBER 7.30PM. BASEMENT BAR, RAOUL'S.

NEXT UP FOR THE OXFORD ALCADEMICS IS A BIG ONE  AS WE SHALL BE SHOWCASING ARMAGNAC FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. CHATEAU DE LAUBADE WILL BE TELLING ALL ABOUT THEIR LOVELY ARMAGNAC,  COGNAC'S LESS FAMOUS BUT  MORE INTERESTING COUSIN!!  SESSION IS OPEN TO EVERYONE AND ALL ATTENDEES ARE ENTITLED TO A 30% DISCOUNT OFF OUR DRINKS ALL NIGHT LONG. WHAT ELSE WILL YOU BE DOING ON A MONDAY NIGHT!!?

It's Black Tot Day, 31st July

We have been mostly drinking Navy rum today in celebration of Black Tot Day. "What is Black Tot Day?" We hear you ask.

Well Black Tot Day(July 31, 1970) is the name given to the last day on which the Royal Navy issued sailors with a daily rum ration(the daily tot).

In the 17th century the daily drink ration for English sailors was a gallon of beer. Due to the difficulty in storing the large quantities of liquid that this required in 1655 a half pint of rum was made equivalent and became preferred to beer. Over time drunkenness on board naval vessels increasingly became a problem and the ration was formalised in naval regulations by Admiral Edward Vernon in 1740 and ordered to be mixed with water in a 4:1 water to rum ratio and split into two servings per day.

In the 19th century there was a change in the attitude towards alcohol due to continued discipline problem in the navy and in 1824 the size of the tot was halved to a quarter pint in an effort to improve the situation. In 1850 the Admiralty's Grog Committee, convened to look into the issues surrounding the rum ration, recommended that it be eliminated completely. However rather than ending it the navy further halved it to an eighth of a pint per day, eliminating the evening serving of the ration.This led to the ending of the ration for officers in 1881 and warrant officers in 1918.

On December 17, 1969 the Admiralty Board issued a written answer to a question from the MP for Woolwich East, saying "The Admiralty Board concludes that the rum issue is no longer compatible with the high standards of efficiency required now that the individual's tasks in ships are concerned with complex, and often delicate, machinery and systems on the correct functioning of which people's lives may depend". This led to a debate in the House of Commons on the evening of January 28, 1970, now referred to as the 'Great Rum Debate', started by James Wellbeloved, MP for Erith and Crayford, who believed that the ration should not be removed. The debate lasted an hour and 15 minutes and closed at 10:29pm with a decision that the rum ration was no longer appropriate.

So there you have, if you raise a glass tonight, make sure it is full of rum and navy rum at that!!!!

 

Cheers

Oxford Alcademics Next Event!!

So the Oxford Alcademics is back again this Monday 28th July with a Gin and Genever evening in association with Bols Genever. The event and tasting is free to attend and open to all. Please join us to learn about our national spirit and  its heritage. Start time is 7.30pm in the basement bar of Raoul's. All attendees will receive a 30% discount on our drinks all night!!!!! Sounds like a plan to us.

www.oxford-alcademics.co.uk

Oxford Alcademics next event!!

Oxford Alcademics is a regular get together of bartenders and consumers who want to learn more about spirits and liqueurs and drinks in general. We meet on Monday evenings in the basement of Raoul's. The group is open to all and absolutely free. Brands come down and showcase their products and we get to taste them. Our next event is in association with Appleton Estate rum and we have the Rum author Ian Williams who will be telling all there is to know about this lovely spirirt and it's history! 12th May at 7pm, Raoul's Bar

Goodbye Mr Proudfoot

Well, after a good few years behind the stick at Raoul's we must bid farewell to Alex. He is upping sticks and moving to Manchester. Raoul's may have lost a bartender but not the industry. Alex is going to manage a brand new place called Cane and Grain under the tutorage of the legendary Lyndon Higginson. We wish him all the best for his future and hope to see him soon. Good luck Alex

Ruairidh's Tequila comp report from Mexico

I recently made it through the heats and booked a place to the final of the Centinela Tequila Competition.  The amazing thing is that the final was in Mexico!!!!  Below is a little taste of what I got up to. 

As you can imagine this was a pretty tough trip! There was a collection of 8 of us, bartenders, industry journos and the guys from Amathus Spirits, plus more tequila then (probably) necessary.

We started of with a trip to the distillery. After driving though vast lands of agave we arrived in the fields to try our hand as a Jimador (the guys who hand cut the Agave plant), after our demonstration from the locals which made it look easy we each had a go much to the entertainment of the local Jimadors.

This was followed by a distillery tour, taking us all through the stages of production. With a few brief stops to try some of the freshly distilled tequila at different abvs before resting. Some of these were incredible.

Then finally had the competition, With strong performances from competitors Valentino and Emma I knew the comp was gonna be tough. The format was speed, knowledge and mystery box rounds, Everyone did really well but ultimately it was Emma who was crowned champ after an Amazing drink.

The days that followed were our time to relax, and mostly involved the beach, tequila, pool bars, whales and amazing foods, and more tequila! Thanks to all the guys who came on the trip and made it such a good experience!

Who says the life of a bartender is all late nights and weekends!!!

 

Ruairidh

 

Bourbon tasting

If you like whiskey and Bourbon in particular, you may fancy popping down to Raoul' s for one of our Oxford Alcademics sessions. We are holding a Bourbon tasting in the basement bar, this Monday (10th March) from 7.30pm. This event is open to all and completely free to attend. We shall be tasting Maker's Mark, Jim Beam Signature and Knob Creek.

Ruairidh in Mexico!

Our wide eyed Head Bartender, Ruairidh Muir has travelled to Mexico this week to compete in the Cabrito Tequila Cocktail competition. Hopefully, he will bring home the top prize. We will get him to write up  short report when he gets back!

New Year's Eve

Happy New Year to you all. We shall be open till 1am tonight. The barboys and girls will be rocking an eighties vibe and there will be plenty of shots of tequila and rum punch knocking about to get you ready for 2014. Hope to see all you there.

La Mauny Rhum Competition

So we have been going a bit wild about Agricole rhum of late! We love the stuff and we have been competing in a comp this year to try and get some of guys over to Martinique next year. Well, we are down to the last 3 bars. The final is next month so watch this space to see what happens. Cross your fingers for us

Ruairidh is also off to Mexico next year to compete in the final of The Cabrito Tequila competition

RHUM TASTING

WE ARE GETTING READY FOR A RHUM TASTING THIS MONDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER. WE SHALL BE TASTING THE LOVELY FRENCH ISLAND RHUM LA MAUNY. THE TASTING SESSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL WHO ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT BOOZE. RING US FOR DETAILS. 01865 553732

New website launched

Hi all. We have finally launched our new website. Hope you like it. The blog is a brand new feature so we can tell you all about what we are up to, new drinks, new spirits on our shelves and current competitions that our guys are involved in. Hope to see you all with drink in hand at raoul's soon!

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