Cotswolds English Single Malt Whisky (700ml)
Hugely flavoursome young whisky. Liquid gold - Jim Murray.
The first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds, England. The core release is aged for just over three years and comes bottled non-chill filtered. 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)
There aren’t many distilleries that could claim more auspicious beginnings than Cotswolds. Taking inspiration from Bruichladdich, this 'terroir focused' venture is a tick list for quality and attention to detail: 100% locally grown floor-malted barley, long fermentations, unusual yeast strains, innovative distillation cuts and bourbon and shave-toast-rechar red wine casks indicate a producer at the high end of the passion scale. In an effort to improve transparency, the barley variety and farm it was grown are also listed on each bottle. Commencing production in 2014, the use of ‘STR' casks has been key to early success. 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.