To mark World Whisky Day on Saturday 15th May this year, we have decided to auction a bottle of whisky drawn from the first cask we ever filled at the Cotswolds Distillery, and donate the winning proceeds to The Drinks Trust. This bottle is the first and only bottle filled from Cask #1.
The Drinks Trust is the drinks industry community organisation. Since 1886, The Drinks Trust has provided care and support to the people who form the drinks industry workforce, both past and present. Today it provides vocational, practical, emotional and financial support to those who are currently working, or have worked, in the UK drinks industry.
Cask #1 was filled on the 22nd September 2014, 17 days after we commissioned the distillery with our first-ever mash. It is a first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon cask which Dan explains is the most expensive cask ever filled. This is because back in September 2014 Dan’s wife Katia decided to go onto the distillery’s website (where at the time we were selling private casks) and pay cash to buy him a barrel for his birthday (even though he already owned the whole distillery). With over 1,000 shareholders now sharing Dan’s ownership of the distillery, he is very happy with his wife’s well-planned initiative, as he’s still the owner of 100% of Cask #1!
During the 6 ½ years it’s had to mature in cask, this whisky has taken on the typical vanilla and honey notes one would expect from the American oak, its maturation having been accelerated by the relatively warmer climate of the Cotswolds and the larger temperature variations due to its storage here at the distillery over its whole life.
Dan hasn’t mentioned this sale to his wife yet and once she finds out about it this may end up being the only bottle from our first cask ever sold publicly