The Oxley is a great pub in Yorkville.  I've been there a few times since it opened a few years ago.  It also has a sister-pub down at Yonge/Dundas called the Queen & Beaver.  The decor inside is all wood, with old-fashioned tables and chairs, and paintings of hunting scenes adorning the walls.  In the summer, they also have a great back patio that is completely sheltered from the noise of busy Yorkville Avenue. 

I think some would probably refer to it as a gastro-pub, but having lived in England I would say it is really just a proper, authentic version of an English pub.  At the end of the day, there is excellent food and drink to be had there.  Such things as home-made sausages, Lamb vindaloo (I do believe curry is the national dish of England), fish & chips and seafood pie make up the menu).  They have an impressive selection of beers, classic cocktails and they often feature limited edition and local specialities.

I was there a few weeks ago, and sat at the bar when, what to my wondering eyes should appear?  A small wood cask with HOME-MADE SPICED RUM.  *SQUEAL*  It was sitting right in front of me, almost taunting me. Much to my disappointment, it was not ready to open yet.

I had a nice chat with the manager, who informed me that it would be open in a few weeks.  I was curious about what they put in it but he was reluctant to share. I did manage to find out that they start with Havana Club Blanco as the base.  I also learned that there is a store down on Queen Street West at Ossington where you can source the barrels (about $75) and lots of other unique cocktail accessories.  I will be making the trek shortly. 

Fast-foward two weeks, and I made a return trip to The Oxely, but only after confirming that the rum was ready.

It was quite delicious.  I sipped it straight in order to do my best to analyze the flavours.  I got orange right off the bat, both smell and taste.  And all spice.  At first I was conflicted between clove and all spice, but I think I have finally settled on all spice.  It was a lovely shade of light orange-rust.  When I decided that I had done all I could do, I mixed the rest with coke.  It was equally good with coke. The manager remembered me from my previous visit and we had a follow-up chat.  The rum usually lasts a few weeks so I may need to revisit in the near future.