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Cotswolds Distillery 2014 - Odyssey Barley

Overall rating
82.00/100
votes
2
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
2014
Bottled
11.2018
Casktype
30% 1st Fill Bourbon Barrels & 70% STR Casks
Casknumber
Batch 11/2018
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Feb 2020 9:36 pm by omnts
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

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Whisky Reviews for Cotswolds Distillery 2014 - Odyssey Barley

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.00 points

  1. omnts scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Color: amber.
    Fragrance: medium intensity, quite closed, surprisingly soft, although at first the alcoholic pairs are slightly noticeable. What immediately catches the eye, there are practically no naughty shades. In general, it is not too thick, but for three or four years it is quite worthy. Most of all there is malt, creamy notes, vanilla, burnt caramel, moderately sweet tropical fruits and honey. A typical bouquet for a well-burnt American oak. In the development after several sipes, the picture changes somewhat: against the background of creamy cream with vanilla and honey, notes of ripe pears and peaches appear, touches of wood dust and moss, shades of spicy plants.
    Body: moderately dense.
    Taste: surprise at once: very soft, rather oily and relatively well saturated, although youth here is manifested somewhat more strongly than in aroma. Alcohol is non-aggressive and rather pleasantly warming. I never remembered about nuptial notes, which testifies to the quality of distillate and barrels. A lot of sweets, malt and burnt sugar, creamy tones, vanilla, light shades of jam, a little honey and spices, dry dusty moss, strokes of almonds. Over time, wood and alcohol for a couple begin to dry and bitter. Unexpectedly, but the taste now looks good against a background of aroma. It looks much more mature than you would expect from a label.
    Aftertaste: between short and medium. Moderately sweet, fairly dry and astringent with a slight bitterness, creamy cream shades, strokes of almonds. As expected, youth is most affected here.
    Conclusions. A decent drink. It does not shine with special multidimensionality, depth and variety, but what is, taking into account three or four years of aging, is done well. Already, in terms of softness and oiliness, it is closer to Irish whisky or the age Speiser. It can be seen that the potential of alcohol is large. It only takes time. For many, and for twice the exposure time, it turns out much worse. For me, for example, the taste of The Classic Laddie (alcohol age 7-10 years) looks like an outsider in comparison with it, at least from what I tried. The “good” category is somewhere at the beginning of the interval - 80/81.

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