Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Last week marked a big milestone for The Cotswolds Distillery, as on Wednesday they saw the commissioning of their new Byworth boiler.

Byworth Boilers, expert engineers with a very similar eco-conscientious ethos to The Cotswolds Distillery and a commitment to manufacturing their products within the UK, sent one of their expert team to the Cotswolds to complete the boiler commissioning process, bring the distillery one step closer to distilling their spirits.

The steam pipework in the mash tun and stills

For the commission, the boiler was filled with water, turned up and the pressure tested. Alongside the boiler commissioning, the stills underwent their first water tests in which the spirit still was filled with water and steam pumped into the pipes within.

Most modern stills use steam to heat their contents due to the increased efficiency of the system. It is so efficient that the contents of the Cotswolds Distillery’s 1,600l water-filled spirit still started boiling in less than 20 minutes.

Distillery Founder Dan Szor commented on the news by saying: “The next stage towards getting the stills commissioned is to finish plumbing in the cooling tower before running a full water distillation test. This is scheduled for September 1st so excitement levels are high as we can finally see the end of the building works and the start of being able to distil our dry gin and single malt.”

This weekend also saw the commissioning of the distillery’s bottling line, where bottles will be filled (with water), corked, capsuled and labelled to smooth out any kinks. On September 19th the distillery plan to complete a full bottling run using their finalised Cotswolds Dry Gin Inaugural Release. Bottles will be available direct from the distillery’s onsite shop and online with an RRP of £33 for 70cl.

Source: The Cotswolds Distillery