Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
1st Fill Kentucky ex-Bourbon & Red Wine Casks
Batch 01/2017
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Sep 2017 5:03 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 57.00

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Whisky Reviews for Cotswolds Distillery 2014 - Inaugural Release

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For a 3 year old already very good and impressed that this young whisky has no alcohol notes - very good the distillery is exactly on the desired path congratulations It's supposed to be an English whisky like the fertile and lovely countryside around Cotswold https://www.google.de/search?q=landschaft+von+cotswolds&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiG8aj-vd7WAhXoPZoKHf9OC24QsAQIJg&biw=1439&bih=811 thanks and congratulations to Daniel Szor
    • Nose
      it smells fruity, sweet sweets, sweet fruity caramel candies, vanilla, tangerines, sweet apricot, soft amniotic fluid, intense yellow pulp, waxy & oily and no alcohol note !!
    • Taste
      a fruity pleasant start, no alcohol the nose is completely in the mouth again on the palate, the aromas develop intense and pleasant Fruit is absolutely in the foreground, then grain and vanilla, slightly malty
    • Finish
      The finish is expected to be still very restrained, a gradual decay of the notes from the mouth, it remains wax on fresh wood in watery grappa (without a single alcohol note)

  2. Blindbob scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    It is a young whisky and you can taste the spirit. It is also a bit on the pricey side for a three year old, but it is damn tasty and worth trying.
    • Nose
      Spirit, Toffee, vanilla, fruitcake, Bitter Orange and Honey.
    • Taste
      Orange, Chocolate, Honey and Golden syrup. There is a bitter taste as well that I can't place.
    • Finish
      Quite a long finish. Oranges, oak, citrus fruits, Golden syrup

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    English Irish
    The first single malt of this English distillery was created with a distillate from September 2009 that matured on Kentucky barrels (70%) and former red wine casks (30%). The late Jim Swan had recommended this combination to owner Daniel Szor. In October 2017 the first batch – hence Inaugural Release – saw the light of day: 4000 bottles at drinking strength.
    The nose is pleasantly creamy and sweet on all kinds of yellow and orange fruit (mandarin, peach, pineapple and banana) with a lot of vanilla and something that reminds me of sour cream. It is not unlike the better Irish whisky in that regard.
    Great mouthfeel with again that creamy element. Fruity and sweet with a fairly intense spiciness. Banana and pineapple come first, followed by citrus and baked apples. Some hard to pinpoint nuts. Malty heart with some wood towards the end, making it somewhat drying. Again, I am reminded of Irish whisky.
    The short finish starts sweet, but quickly dries up. It remains spicy until the end.
    Well, what a pleasant whisky for such a young age. And while obviously English, it shows a lot of similarities with Irish whisky. And English Irish… I’m sure Mr Szor does not like that, unless I also tell him that it reminds me of the better Irish work.

  4. baldandbeardy scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    Here’s Cotswold’s latest batch for 2018: 01/2018.

    A reminder of their cask policy: a cask ratio of 70% red wine casks with an 8mm shave, toast & re-char [STR], and 30% bourbon. The late Jim Swan’s recommendation no less.

    N: Possibly more wine funk than in the inaugural batch, but that’s only from memory. It’s still fatty with an unusual sweetness coming from funky fruits, banana sour cream and vanilla.
    T: I get malty pineapple, apple and banana fruits first off. From memory again, I perceive it’s increasingly more full-bodied compared to the initial release, as it works its way through towards a soft dryness & some Irishness later.
    F: Only the oily mouthfeel has diminished somewhat from the inaugural release. Clean and short but that’s fine, the length will no doubt develop in time.
    C: Their recipe is working a treat. This batch suggests flavour consistency so far is good, and overall I think the whisky has improved significantly in terms of body, form and relative complexity.Scores a C[+]

  6. malthead-sven scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    I think I know that and type in Mackmyra Blomstertid.
    Totally cute but a bit thin at the back.
    • Nose
      a very sweet, sticky fruit candy, potato pancakes with applesauce, candied apple, like a candy stand at the fair
    • Taste
      it tastes like it smells, bubble gum sweetness, with some sparkling dryness
    • Finish
      on the cheeks again intensively, but then quickly fading

  7. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For the 3 years, a mature whisky. Nice nose, banana meringues. Soft, sweet aftertaste.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    [May contain butter]

    N: It may only be three years old but there’s nothing juvenile here. Its profile is of a sweet lemon & honey sponge.
    T: Squidgy/tasty with some nice spice.
    F: Olive oil mouthfeel finishing with notes of light cocoa.
    C: Seems those STR wine casks are just the ticket for the Cotswolds spirit. Who’d have thought? - Jim Swan, that’s who!Scores a C-

  9. Arquebus scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose is sweet, vanilla, frangipan, perhaps apricots - like a continental pastry. The alcohol is very restrained. Fresh almost sweet/ savoury malt with a bitter edge. 

    Mouth feel is rich, oily - sweetness balanced well by oak tannins - adding a touch of dry/ bitterness. All good.

    Oak notes and pleasing fresh maltiness in the surprisingly long finish.

    Exceptional for 3 years in the wood.

    One to look out for - their 'stop gap' Cotswolds Dry Gin is right up there with the best - but they're aiming to make Whisky their key product. I'm told there should be some matured in Isaly peated quarter casks out before Christmas....

  10. wisekycourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Notes of honey and toffee layered with light fruits (peaches and apricots, other but undifferentiated), malt .Bouche: Strong notes of malt, tannin, lots of cooked orange jam.Spices reinforce these fruity scentsFinish: Quite Long, with cooked fruits, quite important woody.

    It feels like you're dealing with a GOOD blend pretty aged, a very good surprise!
    • Nose
      malty freshness, fruity on white fruits, cherry back, apricot slightly prefabricated, but persistent fragrance, a little lemon meringue, a good nose over the years.


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