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Cotswolds Founders Choice Takes Double Gold At SFWSC 2019

29th March 2019
Cotswolds whisky and gin range now being recognised for its quality on the world stage.

Cotswolds whisky and gin range.

The Cotswolds Distillery which has already established itself as a quality gin maker is also now beginning to being recognised for the quality of the single malt whisky it produces. The latest accolades to be picked up by the distillery come from the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) and American Distilling Institute Awards (ADI) for both the gin and whisky they produce.

The distillery’s Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky, the newest release, was awarded a double gold medal at the SFWSC and silver at the ADI, and the distillery’s flagship Single Malt Whisky also took home a silver in the same categories at both award ceremonies. Meanwhile, Cotswolds Dry Gin was awarded best in class for the ‘International Gin’ category at the ADI and a gold medal at the SFWSC.

Dan Szor, Founder and CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery said: "Winning a double gold medal for our Founder’s Choice and a silver medal for our Single Malt Whisky is fantastic. It proves we are achieving what we set out to do when we established the Cotswolds Distillery, and that was to distil exquisite, world-beating whisky. It also means a lot to us that our Cotswolds Dry Gin continues to achieve accolades both domestically and internationally, helping to put the Cotswolds Distillery on the map."

Released in December 2018, Founder’s Choice is aged in shaved, toasted and re-charred American Oak red wine barriques. The uniquely active casks provide the whisky with a rich and intense maturation with notes of toffee, oak and red fruits, giving a beautiful and deep colour.

The Cotswolds Distillery has become a leader in English whisky production since the inaugural launch of their Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky in 2017. The award wins at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and American Distilling Awards mark the distillery’s latest international achievements, while helping to establish the company as a leader in the growing English whisky category.

The San Francisco World Spirits Competition has been running for nearly two decades and is one of the world’s most respected spirits competitions due in part to their esteemed judging panel, including seasoned experts, while the ADI is the oldest and largest trade association dedicated to craft distilling in the world.

The range of whiskies produced by the Cotswolds Distillery are the first-ever distilled in the Cotswolds and use 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley.

Founder’s Choice is bottled at cask strength (60.9% ABV) non-chill filtered and with no added colouring. The whisky is available in specialist retailers and the Cotswolds Distillery website with an RRP of £64.95.

Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky has been aged in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and reconditioned red wine casks, resulting in a rich, fruity and sippable whisky. It is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV.

You find Cotswolds whisky as well as their range of gin available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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