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Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release Review

13th November 2017
Review of the Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural ReleaseThe Cotswolds distillery have launched their first ever single malt whisky, the limited edition Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release.

A limited release of 4,000 bottles which has matured in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine casks, which I have to say has certainly resulted in a striking maturity that is not normally found in such a young expression.

Production of the single malt began in September 2014 at the site in the North Cotswolds under the guidance of renowned industry expert, the late Dr Jim Swan, whose work with ‘new world whisky’ distilleries has brought whiskies such as Kavalan, Amrut and Milk & Honey to global attention.

The new whisky truly is a Cotswolds whisky, with provenance of the raw ingredients used to produce the whisky being highly important to the distillery, who have unusually committed to using only Cotswolds-grown, floor-malted barley in all their single malt whiskies. And in a move that chimes in with the growing (but controversial) transparency movement in the whisky industry, the barley variety and local farm it was grown on will be listed on each bottle, with detailed production data for each release given on the distillery’s website.

Daniel Szor, founder and CEO, Cotswolds Distillery commented: "Our Single Malt is the culmination of years of hard work, combining over five decades of ‘grain to glass’ production knowledge from internationally-renowned experts with the region’s best-in-class ingredients. We’ve managed to produce something truly remarkable, and we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved."

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Inaugural Release has already sold out but they will be releasing a limited number of bottles of their Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky in December which is non-chill filtered and has been bottled at 46% ABV, it has a RRP of £44.95 and will be available from specialist whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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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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