Doing English whisky proud, the Cotswolds Distillery have created a sherry cask matured malt to challenge even the finest Scotches.
The Cotswolds Distillery finds itself in some of the most beautiful scenes in the English countryside. Situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, the distillery is surrounded by rolling barley fields and quaint English farming villages. It mirrors some of the stunning backdrops we are used to seeing in images of Scotch distilleries, but there is a definite Englishness to the Cotswolds. It is distinct in its brightness.
The distillery has been there for 6 years, having been founded by Dan Szor (himself a native New Yorker) in 2014. It is a definite passion project for Dan and one he has dedicated a lot of time and effort to, including relocating to Edinburgh for a while so he could study distilling at Herriot Watt University.
Bringing Whisky Distilling Back
Distilling and whisky making used to be a big industry in England, although never quite on the scale that it was and is in Scotland. It eventually died out, or at least whisky distilling did, with gin and other spirits still being made there.
With Cotswolds Distillery, the brand is bringing back the tradition and placing it firmly in an English setting. This has sparked a revival of kinds, with more and more distilleries popping up across the country in recent years.
The distillery has a strong range of Single Malts and are exploring some really exciting maturation methods. Their Sherry Cask matured malt is particularly interesting and has an excellently rich flavour profile. It has been matured in American and Spanish oak casks that once held Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Tasting notes for Cotswolds Distillery Sherry Cask Matured English Single Malt Whisky
Bottle cost: £54.13
The nose opens with notes of fruit cake, raisins, apricots and oak wood. Vanilla and caramel give it a really lovely sweet note that compliments the fruity flavours perfectly.
The palate is well rounded and full of flavour. Dark cherries, almonds and marzipan give it a darker edge that stands out really well against the sweeter fruit notes. Oak wood also appears.
The finish is bold and spicy, with pepper and dried fruit lingering.
The Cotswolds Distillery is doing England proud with their exceptional malt and the country is lucky to have such a good distillery leading the charge to bringing whisky back.
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