Cotswolds Single Malt Unpeated Whisky Review

Cotswolds Single Malt Unpeated Whisky Review

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is the perfect goto whisky, smooth, finely balanced with a fusion of flavours, and just the right hint of spice.

 

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky bottle comes in an attractively designed gold embossed filigree box, but the real surprise is in the bottle. 

The aroma as I prised off the lid was good, extremely good. But it was the first sip that impressed me the most. Finally, a truly excellent unpeated whisky from England produced by a fine international team. The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is the perfect goto whisky, smooth, finely balanced with a fusion of flavours, and just the right hint of spice.

It is caramel soft, without being too sweet. The mouthfeel is wonderful, just enough strength to lift the palate, but no trace of bitterness. This is not an old whisky but it could fool you into believing it was, and it is exceptionally smooth.

The Tasting Notes:
Nose:
A lovely blend of light chocolate and butterscotch, with a slight hint of apple.

Palate:
A zest of tangerine with a gorgeous smooth taste of oak, hay and malt.

Finish:
A fine, complex finish, with many flavours sliding from the sweeter vanilla notes to stronger but equally subtle geraniums and raisins, into beautifully clean hints of marmalade as it evaporates in the mouth.

I was particularly taken by the complexity of this young whisky. Each note was well balanced and harmonious with the one before. A well-told narrative, that unfolded as the malt dissolved on the tongue releasing new flavours.

I attribute this to two things in their process.

They take the distilled spirit early in the process, sacrificing quantity for quality and that shows in the final result. If you take all the later distilled spirit you end up with a more bitter taste.

Also, they use premium first-fill Kentucky ex-Bourbon barrels and reconditioned American Oak wine casks, shaved, toasted and re-charred for the ageing process.

They use locally-grown Barley from Warminster, Britains oldest working Maltings, and two copper pot stills made by Forsyths in Rothes.

This single malt also won the World Whiskies Award 2019.

The Cotswolds distillery is only going to get better. This is a very fine whisky house to get to know now and share their journey.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky: £44.95

https://www.cotswoldsdistillery.com