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Cotswolds English Single Malt Scoops More Global Awards

9th August 2019
Cotswolds English Single Malt whisky continues to impress by scooping gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and the Great Taste Awards.

Cotswolds Single Malt WhiskyThe Cotswolds Distillery range of whiskies continue to impress on the global stage with there triumphs being at the 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and the Great Taste Awards.

At the IWSC, both Cotswolds Distillery Founderís Choice Single Malt Whisky and the distilleryís flagship Single Malt Whisky were awarded gold medals at the prestigious global awards. Meanwhile at the Great Taste Awards, the distilleryís Founderís Choice Single Malt Whisky was the only whisky to receive three stars.

Founderís Choice Single Malt Whisky, released in December 2018, is made using 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.

Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, the Cotswolds Distillery has become a leader in English whisky production since the inaugural launch of Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky in 2017. The award wins at the IWSC marks the brands latest global achievement, while continuing to break barriers for the English whisky industry.

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

The International Wine & Spirit Competition has been running for 50 years and is one of the worldís most respected spirits competitions, setting the international benchmark for quality, due in part to their esteemed judging panel of over 400 seasoned experts.

Dan Szor, Founder and CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery said: "We are very grateful to receive these great accolades for our core range of products. Itís fantastic to be recognised on a global scale by well-respected experts in the international whisky and gin industries as we continue to build our repertoire and act as an advocate for world-class, English whisky, firmly placing the Cotswolds on the map."

Founderís Choice is bottled at cask strength (60.9% ABV) non-chill filtered and with no added colour and has a RRP of £64.95.

Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV and has a RRP of £44.95.

You will also find the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky available from specialist online whisky retailers such as Waitrose Cellar, The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Batch 3 Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Some toasty oak, creamy sweet vanilla toffee and a lovely touch of rich fruit, peaches and cooked apples. A slight feintiness.

Taste: Deliciously malty, a barley sugar sweetness, some dark treacle toffee with a gentle rich orange citrusy edge, a lovely light touch of oak spice hanging around the background.

Finish: Medium to long, vanilla with a citrusy edge, becomes spicier, a little drying as it fades.

Comment: It is hard to believe that this is only 3 years old, if tasted blind I would doubt anyone would guess its correct age. An outstanding young whisky with a lovely first fill bourbon influence combining well with some delicious fruit from the ex-red wine cask. Of course there is still a sign of youth, just the slightest feintiness with the first couple of mouthfuls which quickly fades and lets the quality and character of the young whisky and the casks it matured in shine.

Time will tell just how good the Cotswolds whisky will get but at 3 years old things are looking very promising for this new English single malt whisky. Meanwhile grab yourself a bottle of this new and most importantly enjoyable English whisky.

SMW Score 83/100

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