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Cotswolds English Single Malt Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 46%
Liquid gold - Jim Murray.
Taking inspiration from Bruichladdich, this 'terroir focused' venture employs 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley and in an effort to improve transparency, the barley variety and farm it was grown on are listed on each bottle. Commencing production in 2014, Cotswold's new-make is matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and 225-litre American oak red wine casks that have been shaved, toasted and re-charred. Aka 'STR' casks, these vessels were designed by the late whisky consultant, Dr. Jim Swan. Readers might be familiar with his involvement with other ‘new world’ ventures, bringing quick recognition to brands such as Kavalan and Amrut. This release has been aged for just over three years and comes bottled non-chill filtered, with no added colouring. Daniel Szor, founder and CEO, comments "Our Single Malt is the culmination of years of hard work, combining over five decades of ‘grain to glass’ production knowledge from internationally-renowned experts with the region’s best-in-class ingredients. We’ve managed to produce something truly remarkable, and we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved." Tasting note: [Batch 01/2018] Polished copper colour. An alluring mix of barley cake, shortbread and orchard fruit nectar – as well as a decent dose of cocoa and vanilla. A little lighter and fresher than the nose suggests: Perfectly rounded – no rough edges here – the oily malt carrying flavours fruit nectar, cocoa and hints of confectionary ; the oak dominates the finish, with warming spice and fine tannins balancing the whole. Great length. Jim Swan's legacy is evident in this hugely flavoursome young whisky. 46% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... World Whiskies Awards 2018 — Best English Single Malt 95 points Liquid Gold - Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2018 ...Honey, sugar-sprinkled shortbread, peach tarts, marzipan fruits, glacé apricot, finely shredded citrus peel, and young pink rhubarb. Flavors of heather honey, chili flakes, Christmas spices, caramelized sugar, malt; then marmalade, dried red fruits, and cappuccino. A great all-rounder. More please!
91 points - maltadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Spring 2018)