Cotswolds Sherry Cask Strength Single Malt English Whisky (700ml)
Fans of powerful, sherry matured malts will be looking forward to tasting Cotswold's latest. Throughout its relatively short history, the distillery have aged their whisky in a variety of casks made from different woods (both Spanish and American oak), in different sizes (250-litre Hogsheads and 500-litre Butts) and seasoned with different wines (dry Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximénez). Every year they create a blend from these various cask types with the aim of delivering the ultimate sherried whisky experience. Each batch will be unique, but will always be full-term matured in sherry casks. 9900 bottles are on offer at natural strength.
Other reviews... Nose: Full on flaming Christmas cake here, the brandy has just been lit and the cake split open. Dark-skinned fruits abound, plums in port, blackcurrant jam and Medjool dates. Palate: Those fruits come through first, then treacle and sweet dates, crumpets with golden syrup and a little cinnamon spice. Finish: Slowly dried with a little cracked black pepper spice and redcurrant tang. Comment: A nice, not-quite-sherry-bomb whisky that has plenty of balance between sweetness, the wood and fruits. - Rob Allanson, whiskymag.com
Notes from the producers... Nose: Brown sugar and cherry pie with a touch of roasted coffee beans. Palate: Viscous and rich. Full of dark stone fruits, chocolate and a hint of roasted almonds. Finish: Peppery oak spice accompanied by notes of dried fruits. 57.4% Alc./Vol.