Cotswolds Bourbon Cask

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Casks Expressions Collection
1st-fill ex-Bourbon white oak casks
Number of bottles
59.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 oct 2021 2:05 pm by Tauti

Average value

€ 69.78

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Whisky reviews for Cotswolds Bourbon Cask

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.42 points.

  1. WhiskyShared scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Yellow gold
    Nice fruity, zingy dram. The underlying new make is identifiable. Very drinkable at 59.1%
    • Nose
      80 80
      Barrel char, vanilla, baking spices, fruit salad sweets, malty, biscuity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Light to start, heat, pepper spicy, cloves, pear drops, vanilla, youthful, star anise, great mouthfeel on subsequent sips
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, heat, fizzy, vanilla, fresh orchard fruit

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Pepper, orchard fruits, tobacco, honey, vanilla, some citrus and tropical fruits, really not bad

  4. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Photo Moderator

    Quite fruity and easy drinkable despite the high abv, no water needed in my mind
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, marzipan, cooked fruits, apricot, peach, banana, coconut powder, little citric, passion fruit, cake dough, hay, honey, little floral - very nice
    • Taste
      86 86
      Punchy, fruity, honey, good sweetness, more cooked fruits, vanilla, marzipan, spices, pepper, more floral, jam, apricot, peach, banana, some oak wood
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long, warm, fruity, vanilla, peppery, floral

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Stouby scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Vault w Rob Patchett, Global Ambassador.
    Yellow. Nose: Vanilla, flat. Taste: Vanilla, cassis, citrus. Traditional.

  7. DramALife scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    A few drops of water will unfold this whisky to its full. Dangerously drinkable and enjoyable. I guess it makes up at least 70% of the signature expression. However, this finished rather abruptly and leave no room for imagination.

    [78-82] I'll gladly welcome another dram.

    N 24
    Juicy oak & strength masked the underlying flavours. A whiff of citrusy. Reserved fruit notes.
    W/ water: Fruitiness fully elaborated (Freshly cut green apple). Baking spices. Barley in a farmhouse. Rich vanilla.

    P 25
    Juicy oak continues. Vanilla pod. Caramel. Fresh honey. Chilli spices all along. Fairly malty.
    W/ water: vanilla & honey. Spices (white pepper, cardamom) with a pleasant heat that's no longer aggressive. More juicy fruit.

    F 23
    Short, mildly dry, heated finish. Malt, a whiff of fresh hay. Subtle fruit notes lingering.

  8. glenrob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. man2392 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    gentle baking spices, carrot, ginger, crystallised tropical fruits and barbecued pineapple
    I've been told that bourbon casks will be the future of the Cotswolds Distillery and excited to hear having tried this.
    Tried at Croydon Whisky Festival- one of my highlights

  10. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Dangerously drinkable dram - before you know it you'll be half cut.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Christmas cake, sweet notes, the alcohol is not over powering on the nose.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Surprisingly palatable neat - the bourbon influence is clear with a fresh woody note undercutting it.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Some gentle spice lingers a while.

  11. Official tasting note

    Our Cotswolds Bourbon Cask Single Malt Whisky is created from select first-fill ex-Bourbon casks in which our rich and fruity single malt spirit has been patiently matured. These premium American oak barrels are ideal for ageing whisky and impart delicious notes of vanilla and honey. This sweet and malty cask strength expression is a whisky for purists and a wonderful expression of our distillery character.

    ~ Non-chill filtered
    ~ Natural colouring
    ~ 700ml
    ~ 59.1% ABV
    ~ £64.95
    ~ Malt: 100% locally grown, traditionally floor malted barley from the Cotswolds.
    ~ 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: Premium first-fill ex-Bourbon casks from Kentucky, made from American white oak (Quercus alba).

    Our Bourbon Cask expression begins with our new make spirit which is already incredibly smooth, rich and fruity thanks to the pair of yeasts we use, the long 90-hour fermentation and the tight heart cut on the spirit still. We dilute it to 63.5% ABV before filling premium American oak ex-Bourbon casks from Kentucky for full term maturation, allowing the key maturation processes of flavour extraction, oxidation and evaporation to work their magic on our already smooth spirit. These barrels haven't been steamed, so they come to us still moist, their staves soaked with wonderful Bourbon whisky.

    Over the years, we've been combining these barrels with STR ex-red wine casks to produce our Cotswolds Signature Single Malt Whisky; yet this is our first whisky bottling to be exclusively Bourbon-matured. This whisky expression is truly a whisky lover's malt and delivers the typical sweet flavours you would expect from Bourbon casks, most notably vanilla, honey, malt sugars, caramel and even the occasional hint of coconut.

    Bottled non-chill filtered with only minimal proofing down for maximum flavour, without added colouring.

    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!
    • Nose
      Decadent vanilla custard with a hint of malt.
    • Taste
      Raisins and caramelised figs, delicate vanilla.
    • Finish
      Subtly earthy with a hint of honey.


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