The Cotswolds Distillery recently announced the launch of Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky in time for Christmas and is a new addition to their range of award-winning whiskies.
This new Reserve Single Malt Whisky is made from 100 percent locally grown floor-malted barley from the Cotswolds and is aged in specially selected first-fill ex-Bourbon and STR ex-red wine casks at a ratio of 80:20, 80 percent Bourbon and 20 percent STR. The distillery uses local village water, which is filtered, softened and demineralised and two complementary varieties of yeast are used, namely Anchor and Fermentis, ensuring good yields and excellent fruity flavours.
This new expression is influenced by the first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, giving classic notes of vanilla, honey, butterscotch, along with a hint of coconut, giving a smooth, elegant and well-balanced taste. There is also a touch of whisky from the STR (Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred) American oak ex-red wine casks blended in to enhance the richness, fruitiness and sweetness of the whisky, which is bottled at 50% ABV and is both naturally coloured and non-chill filtered.
The new expression’s nose has a light caramel, apple and vanilla to it with a touch of chocolate, while the palate gives a toasted cereal with a sweet malt character, with a lingering finish with warm notes of wood tannin.
Cotswolds Distillery Founder, Dan Szor, commented:
“Our new single malt whisky expression joins our growing range of English single malt whiskies. We’re excited to launch this smooth and elegant Reserve whisky which has been aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon casks and STR ex-red wine casks. We think it’s one of the most approachable whiskies we’ve ever produced at the distillery.”
Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky retails from £54.95, ABV: 50% and is available to purchase directly from Cotswolds Distillery: www.cotswoldsdistillery.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of Cotswolds Distillery