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Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Coming To Waitrose

3rd October 2018
Cotswolds English single malt whisky coming to the shelves of Waitrose.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky now available at WaitroseFollowing on from the Cotswolds single malt whisky launching in World Duty Free stores at Birmingham, Bristol and East Midlands airports during the summer, the English single malt whisky has now secured itself its first national retail listing with a place on the shelves of Waitrose.

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, which was only launched in October 2017, has already accumulated an impressive nine medals and awards in its first year on the market will have a nation-wide listing in Waitrose & Partners.

The whisky, which is bottled non-chill filtered and at 46% ABV, will be available at the majority of Waitrose stores across the UK and on Waitrose.com at an RRP of £45. Described as a rich and fruity single malt, it has been aged in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine barriques.

Dan Szor, founder and CEO of Cotswolds Distillery, said "We are delighted that Waitrose & Partners has chosen to list Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky so widely – it’s a wonderful statement of belief in both our distillery and in the wider ‘world whisky’ category. We are passionate about showing consumers that small distilleries like ours, outside the traditional whisky heartlands, are committed to a production ethos that champions the highest quality local ingredients and distilling methods that are driven by quality over cost. It’s painstaking work but we feel we’re really raising the bar, so we’re very proud to show off the incredible results you can achieve, even as a brand-new distillery."

The whisky, which recently took Gold at the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition and two stars at the Great Taste Awards, has benefitted from a number of production techniques often considered too costly or inefficient in the wider whisky industry. In particular, the distillery is committed to using only barley grown on local farms in the Cotswolds, and each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and farm it was grown on.

The listing of the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky coincides with an expansion of Waitrose & Partners’s listing of the distillery’s award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin. The gin was first listed as part of the retailer’s regional producers scheme, and has been available at 10 stores in and around the Cotswolds area since July 2017. Having enjoyed considerable success in the initial listing, the gin will now be rolled out to stores across the country.

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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