Cotswolds Distillery Founder's Choice

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
STR American oak red wine casks
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

€ 73.98

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Whisky Reviews for Cotswolds Distillery Founder's Choice

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.77 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. DocF scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It smells pleasant sometimes, malt, cinnamon, canned peach, fresh wood. Passion fruit and lime juice afterwards, then a young mash note. With a lot of water: Take a short swim, recover after a while to an almost Irish note of grain, elderflower and passion fruit, star fruit, lime juice, a little water mint. A lot of malt in the mouth, porridge with a little passion fruit, oak, some earth, elderflower. A bit short at the back, relatively thin, oak, short apple, bye.

    A promise of intense fruitiness in the nose that the rest of the world cannot keep. Material with potential, for 60 € I would rather recommend an Irishman.

  3. InbhirNis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    My second Cotswolds whisky, and I've enjoyed both - a distillery to watch.

    Worth noting that this one loves the outdoors, which lends a distinct exotic fruit note (tinned pineapple) to the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity - freshly cut peaches and sugar syrup, whilst the malt starts to cut through after a couple of minutes. More fruits then appear, suggestions of banana and strawberry, followed by leaf mulch. Adding water sends it into its shell initially, then brings sheep's wool and berry compote with a flinty edge. More water gives delicate florals (dandelion) and, bizarrely, anchovies preserved in chilli oil, which I haven't smelt in 20 years!
    • Taste
      83 83
      Less convincing and complex than the nose, with a minor artificial note at first, before recovering equilibrium. Pretty closed off at full strength, and even with water it's less sweet than expected, remaining a bit vegetal and austere for the first 30mins before improving. The mouthfeel is a little light for cask strength, but it is very young. Slightly distracting bitterness.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, balanced, sweeter again on milk chocolate, with sticky toffee in the aftertaste.

  4. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Sylvia scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Dominique69 scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Myke scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Interesting malt: complex on the nose. With water it goes in the wrong direction for me. Extremely alcoholic heat without water ... well, it's also a very young malt.
    Relatively little of the aromas remains in the taste. The finish is very, very short.
    Interesting experience, but you don't necessarily need a whole bottle ... get a sample first!
    • Nose
      very closed at first, then the alcohol is very present.
      Something sweet (cotton candy, caramel, honey) rises in the nose. A heather aroma in the background.
      I also have a wine gum note (red berries / red grapes) in the aroma.
      After some time with air, a certain spice is added, reminiscent of white pepper / ginger heat.
      In any case, it can handle more than just a few drops of water. Then the background heather becomes a distinct and powerful aroma.
      Water gives the malt a "greenish" touch, reminiscent of something vegetative and slightly earthy; the more water, the stronger the note of eucalyptus and pine cones. He's heading in the wrong direction for me.
    • Taste
      very soft at first, but the alcohol sharpness builds up immediately and covers the tongue. Behind this again this wine gum note and heather aroma.
      The second sip with more water (diluted down to approx. 50%): honey, wort builds up stronger and slides out of the mouth, the malt "burns" down the eating tube.
    • Finish
      it gets very dry and is quite short.

  9. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. 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.


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