Located between the historic towns of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, only 80 miles from London and about 50 miles from Birmingham, the Cotswolds Distillery utilizes Forsyth whisky stills that have been custom-made; with the 500kg mash tun, 2,400l wash still, 1,600l spirit still and four 2,500l fermenters being able to produce over 100,000 bottles of Cotswold Single Malt Whisky annually. Cotswolds Gin is crafted using a tailor-made hybrid Holstein still with a capacity of 500l.
Located on five acres of beautiful Cotswolds countryside in Stourton, one of the most unspoilt villages in the Cotswolds, the distillery also made a big investment in the beauty of the land, re-planting native trees, shrubs, flowers and even botanicals to be incorporated into their gin recipes. Not only that, but the distillery’s production waste is recycled. The spent grains of barley from the mash go to feed Cotswold cattle, and the other co-products created by the distilling process are turned into bio-gas at a nearby anaerobic digestor.
Cotswolds Dry Gin (92 proof)
Nose: Juniper forward, with a piney, citrus laden nose. Mouth-watering and traditionally evocative of a British style.
Taste: Dry, wintry juniper powerhouse with a softer and supportive lemony blanket. Lovely, well-balanced mix of far subtler botanicals lend a wash of herbality.
Finish: Medium long with crisp, sharp and defined edges. The botanicals fade with grace, while you are left with an almost creamy finish.
Overall: Very, very nice. It’s clear that a lot of care went into the crafting of this spirit. Seek this one out and see what I mean.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: Cotswolds Distillery