Monday, September 11, 2017


The Cotswolds Distillery, has today announced the launch of their first single malt whisky.

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky – Inaugural Release (46% ABV) has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine casks.

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky - Inaugural Release

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 provenance of the raw ingredients used to make the whisky is highly important to the distillery, who have unusually committed to using only Cotswolds-grown, floor-malted barley in all their single malt whiskies.

In a move that chimes in with the growing 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.

The inaugural Cotswolds Distillery whisky release, is said to deliver notes of honey, butterscotch, peaches, apricots and marzipan on the nose. Followed by notes of malt, oils, dark sugar, spice, caramelised bitter orange and treacle on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Daniel Szor, Founder of The Cotswolds Distillery, said: “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 Distillery Dry Gin, was voted ‘Best London Dry Gin’ at the 2016 World Gin Awards, and has received growing attention following praise from industry specialist Jim Murray, who awarded the young previews of the spirit 94/100 and a ‘Liquid Gold’ award in both the 2016 and 2017 editions of his annual Whisky Bible.

Limited to 4,000 bottles, The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky – Inaugural Release, will be available from October 8th, for a RRP of £44.95, via:

Posted by Steve Rush