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Overall rating
83.33/100
votes
6
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2014
Bottled
2018
Casknumber
Batch 09/2018
Number of bottles
5050
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 Jan 2020 11:37 pm by GIORGOS

Average value

€ 52.67

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Whisky Reviews for Cotswolds Distillery 2014 - Odyssey Barley

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.33 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    What a nice surprise: a young malt from a new distillery that I actually like. I'm usually not fond of these very young releases, since I don't like the taste of "too young" distillate at all, so I tend to rate them on the points scale somewhere in the 70s or even 60s (Wolfburn and Kyrö, for example), but Cotswolds shows you can actually make that stuff palatable, if not exactly flawless. Bravo! I will definitely check this distillery out again later.

    Tasted with my standard calibration whisky, Glenfiddich 15 Solera Reserve (80-81 pts. depending on the individual bottle).

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      On the first nosing, sharper than my calibration whisky, and definitely younger. There is this pervasive "cask aroma" thing about it, like with many of these new distillery releases, so I expect this to be an experience that'll lean strongly on secondary aromas. Some nail polish, faint beer and spices, and a whiff of sawdust, but the dominant aroma is that of some kind of jelly candy, not exactly wine gums but something sweeter. The spiciness has a hint of jeera about it. A little bit of water brings out the jellies even better. Behind it all there is the faintest whiff of smoke, stronger than that of Glenfiddich, but still ephemeral rather than an ever-present, dominant thing.
    • Taste
      The attack is drier than the nose's sweetness would indicate. There are some spices here that remind me of young rye whisky, and a bit of sawdust and solvent as well, but they're all well covered by the flood of secondary aromas that bring this supermarket grape juice taste, and a hint of chocolate. Occasionally there is an aroma as if someone distilled ginger. Every now and then I enjoy it quite a lot, but the occasional solvent tastes and slightly artificial sweetness do remind me of what it really is. The body's impressively full for its age, though.
    • Finish
      Fresh, really. Almost a mouthwash on account of all the ginger and aspartame going around. Some aluminium and sprouts as well. The finish definitely talks to me of young whisky, whereas the fullness of the body says they did something right with the make, and perhaps more time will give us a truly great whisky.

  2. GIORGOS scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

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