Cotswolds Sherry Cask

Overall rating
84.94/100
votes
71
Whiskybase ID
WB167449
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Bottled
2020
Casktype
American & Spanish oak hogsheads & butts
Number of bottles
9900
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
25 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5060404511569
Added on
14 oct 2020 9:01 pm by whisky313
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 59.63

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Whisky reviews for Cotswolds Sherry Cask

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.94 points.

  1. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from an online blind tasting ...
    Great part. Totally surprised me. Comes over older.
    • Nose
      Color:
      gold

      Nose:
      Sauerbraten, meaty, juniper berries, bay leaf, sour cherries, dry dumpling dough.
      With a little time in the glass, something like Gewürztraminer and charred caramel develops.
    • Taste
      Spicy, oily start. Canned fruit salad, nougat and dry waffles.
      With the second sip of spicy tobacco and plums, almonds are added.
    • Finish
      Medium to long.

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  3. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Fruit forward, sweet, zesty sherry notes - like an alcohol soaked orange cake. Easy drinker.

  4. The_Osprey scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Cotswolds Sherry Cask 57.4%.

    25ml sample from a distillery tasting pack. I’ve had this sample at least 18 months, consumed Sep 2022.

    Mid tone amber.

    Aroma is rose petal infused toffee, rich bourbon char, caramelised, hint of oak, some Tunnock’s caramel wafer dialled up to 11. Wow, I really like the aroma.

    Body is watery.

    Taste is simple but nice, pointed, again caramelised and toffeeish. Not much alcohol heat given the strength. A soft biscuity note. I didn’t want to water it down as it drank so easily at bottling strength.

    The palate is quite simple but it drinks really well. The nose is really good – the sort of dessert whisky nose I’d seek out in a good American whisky. Just slightly lacks the complexity on the palate that would have taken this into the top tier.

    Still, this is impressive. Good spirit in a good cask. It’s not a silly sherry bomb. If they can keep this standard up when they release older whisky, they’ll have a customer in me! £70 a bottle is not too bad and I’d seriously consider paying that. 3.625/86

  5. Stouby scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Vault w Rob Patchett, Global Ambassador.
    Golden. Nose: Lightly spicy, fruit, dish. Taste: Fruity, vanilla, bland, slightly spicy, no sulphur.

  6. Ficelli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. ZLako scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Lovely expression from Cotswolds. The sherry is very prominent and it's a beautiful drinker even neat.

    N: Brown sugar, cherries, figs, dates, sultanas, cinnamon, espresso, Christmas spices

    P: Very strong and lively, what's on the nose follows on the palate but add some roasted almonds and some blood oranges

    F: Peppery, spicy, long and finishes with dark red fruits

  9. man2392 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Marmalade, vanilla, macerated oranges
    Palate: Dundee marmalade, bitter almonds,
    Finish: Bergamot and vanilla, damson jam

  10. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Nutty, chocolate, cherry, leather, pepper. WOW very complex

    taste
    Sweet, nutty, dark chocolate, dark fruit, leather, very astringent with water

    finish
    Long, sherry notes, ginger spiciness

  11. Nazin scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    It's way too sweet, like drinking golden syrup.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      59 59
    • Finish
      61 61

  12. Jimbeau scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  13. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    In a private Cotswolds tasting organized by two Finnish whisky enthusiasts and directed by Rob Patchett from the distillery, this whisky was the winner of the all tasters poll, leaving behind a PX single cask, an Oloroso single cask, a peated cask, and two 46% batch releases. It's easy to understand why, since this one has a rounder and more full profile than either of the sherry single casks. However, I feel that as good as this is, I still like my Cotswolds with a bit less obvious cask touch, like the batch releases, because they are more singular whereas this is "just" a good young sherry whisky.
    • Nose
      Toasted wood? But the casks aren't STR:ed. Uh? Nose, sure you're okay down there? Nutty and rocky, with a bit of pine and rubber. Carrots? Hey nose, you can call a sick day if you have to, you know? With water: planky wood and juniper. Surprisingly strong juniper, actually. The above may not sound inviting, but it isn't bad to me, although the juniper is surprising. There are no clear off notes or sulfur.
    • Taste
      Spicy, faintly rubbery chocolate. Too sharp neat, and feels like it's missing some weight. Water rounds it up nicely. Massive sherry with a strong spiciness. Feels full on the tongue. Some fruity touches speak of the Cotswolds distillate, but perhaps the sherry infulence is a bit too strong for that gentle spirit? Still, I can't help but like this.
    • Finish
      Lasts a while, but is mostly on the cask. A gingery sherry note. A lot of water breaks the cask influence, making it gently sweet and fruity as per the spirit.

  14. whiskydramo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    astonishingly ripe, young whisky. Surprisingly tasty.
    • Nose
      sweet and spicy, fruity, slightly sour, some aniseed, butter crumble.
    • Taste
      Strong start, tart oak, sweet toffee-like sherry notes, then quite strong, cooling alcohol
    • Finish
      rather dry, bitter oak, also nice fruity sherry notes

  16. robain scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Blind tasting
    • Nose
      87 87
      Freshly Planed wood, new oak. Love it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Some alcohol kick! Sherry, vanilla and oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sherry and vanilla

  17. Expraesi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Foudos scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Official tasting note

    official information:

    A marriage of carefully selected and blended sherry casks makes up this rich and fruity expression. Each yearly batch of our Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky is unique, drawn from our finest American and Spanish oak hogsheads & butts, some of which have been seasoned with dry Oloroso sherry and others with sweet Pedro Ximenez. All have been sherry-aged through their full maturation for a deeper and more flavourful whisky.

    Full of dark stone fruits and a hint of roasted almonds, followed by peppery oak spice.

    Carefully sourced ingredients
    Malt: Odyssey, grown on Cotswolds farms and floor-malted at Warminster Maltings.

    Serving suggestions
    Best enjoyed on its own, but we don’t believe in rules when it comes to drinking whisky – sip this neat, over ice, in a cocktail – however you like!

    Yeast: Two complementary varieties - Anchor and Fermentis - to ensure good yields and excellent fruity flavours.

    Water: Village water supply - filtered, softened and demineralised before use.

    Wood: American and Spanish oak hogsheads and butts, seasoned with Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry.

    Lovingly crafted
    We started making this release by using 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley from the Cotswolds which is mashed and then fermented for more than 90 hours before being distilled in our bespoke copper pot stills, resulting in a new make spirit with a fantastic fruity complexity.

    We then took our fruity new make spirit and aged it in American and Spanish oak hogsheads and butts seasoned with Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry. Once aged for its full term, we bottled the single malt whisky onsite with only minimal proofing down (57.4% ABV), non-chill filtered and without any added colouring.
    • Nose
      Brown sugar and cherry pie with a touch of roasted coffee beans.
    • Taste
      Viscous and rich. Full of dark stone fruits and a hint of roasted almonds.
    • Finish
      Peppery oak spice accompanied by notes of dried fruits.

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