Cotswolds

Region - Cotswold, UK

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    What started as weekend visits to the rolling hills of Cotswolds turned into a permanent move for Daniel Szor and his family. For Szor, moving out of his 30-year career in finance to become a distiller was the result of a moment of inspiration — one morning when he woke up and stared through the window into the neighboring barley field, he had a brainwave, `there’s barley all over Cotswolds, and nobody’s distilling it, let’s be the first’.

     

    And that’s how the state-of-the-art Cotswolds Distillery was set-up in the unspoilt Cotswolds village of Stourton, under the expert guidance of veteran distiller Harry Cockburn. Uniquely located in a designated rural Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in South Warwickshire, Cotswolds, the first ever craft distillery pays tribute to its outsanding locales with singular innovative expressions from small batch whisky, English rye whisky to aromatic artisanal gins.

    Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

    46% AbV – 700ml

    The inaugural 3-year-old single-malt from Cotswolds Distillery is the child of locally-grown, floor-malted and unpeated Odyssey barley, fermented for more than 90 hours and aged in first-fill Kentucky ex-Bourbon barrels and reconditioned red wine casks using traditional production processes. The result is an oaky, fruity, full-bodied whisky that punches above its weight on all parameters and belies its young age with its rich, expressive notes.

     

    Tasting Notes: Honey and butterscotch on the nose with hints of peach, apricot and nutty marzipan.This is followed by a tannin-rich, spicy palate interwoven with caramelised marmalade notes — reminding you of a Sevillan summer. This finish is long and resinous, with dark fruits and just a hint of treacle. Overall, a warm, malty experience that belies this dram’s young age.