Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
STR Red Wine Barriques
Batch 01/2018
Number of bottles
60.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Nov 2018 9:36 am by chalky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 73,29

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43 × member ratings

113 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cotswolds Distillery Founder's Choice

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.78 points

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasted in the living room.

    A little closed and sweet on the nose, it needs a little water to reveal its fruity and minty side.
    On the palate, it's explosive, fruity, greedy, almost exotic.
    Finale rich in bright spices, very honeyed.

    Enthusiasm 4/5 (except the nose without water: 2/5, but the tasting context did not encourage patience)

    Whisky n ° 2024

  2. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur


    C: The fruity milkiness of earliest releases is still present but this has evolved away from the more overt 70[STR]/30[bourbon] cask-matured style. Cotswold’s have reduced the ratio to around 50/50 at least, and are beginning to see a more savoury minerality.

  4. Abadon05 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Quite interesting and complex for such a young age. Especially these heather and softwood components are special and unique. So potential is quite there. Only the nose did not like me at all.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Short wine note, then shoots one of the alcohol in the nose. The short wine note disappears completely and gives way to a grassy heather note, already in the direction of hay. Strong Essignoten make themselves wide. Likewise a certain salinity.
      With water, the strong alcohol and heather notes noticeably decrease. The vinegar and wine notes remain. Very complex, but mostly no positive grades. The salt note can convince.
      The whisky needs a lot of time. At least 20-30 minutes.
      Then the sharp alcohol and Essigaromen disappear noticeably and the whisky is better.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet. This reminds me very much of coniferous honey. In addition, something in the direction of wine gum, a little spice and a little heather.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Lavender and coniferous forest. And a lot of it.
      Short to medium-long finish. In addition there is lemon and of course some heather.

  5. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84


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