Cotswolds Distillery Reserve

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
1st-fill ex-Bourbon barrels+ STR ex-red wine
Number of bottles
50.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 nov 2021 7:29 pm by whisky313

Average value

£ 52.51

3 × in wishlist

25 × member ratings

54 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Cotswolds Distillery Reserve

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.20 points.

  1. Official tasting note

    Our smooth and elegant Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky is hand crafted in small batches using 100% locally grown, floor malted Cotswold barley. This expression showcases the influence of our first-fill ex-Bourbon casks which provide classic notes of vanilla, honey, butterscotch and a hint of coconut, resulting in a truly smooth and well-balanced dram. A touch of whisky from our wonderful STR ex-red wine casks has been blended in to enhance the richness, fruitiness and sweetness of this remarkable whisky.

    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 barrels and STR (Shaved, Toasted and Re-charred) American oak ex-red wine casks.

    We make our Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky in small batches, starting with 100% locally grown barley which is traditionally floor-malted by hand for several days at Warminster. The malt is brought to the distillery where it is milled on-site and mixed with hot water in our mash tun. We then add two yeast varieties to the sugary liquid and run the fermentation for over 90 hours in order to generate plenty of fruity flavour compounds alongside the alcohol produced. During distillation, we only select a small section of the spirit run which is taken unusually early to capture the fruity notes and avoid the heavier, rougher elements that appear at the end of the run. Our slow distillation and high cut point results in our signature rich and fruity new make spirit, which is already smooth enough to drink.

    After being diluted to 63.5% ABV, our spirit is put into a combination of premium first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and STR ex-red wine casks for full term maturation. Once fully matured, we disgorge the casks before blending and bottling the whisky by hand here at the distillery at a ratio of 80:20 - 80% Bourbon and 20% STR. Our Cotswolds Reserve Single Malt Whisky is bottled at 50% ABV at its natural colour and is non-chill filtered for maximum flavour.

    700ml - 50% ABV - £54.95
    • Nose
      Light caramel, apple and vanilla with a touch of chocolate.
    • Taste
      Toasted cereal with a sweet malt character.
    • Finish
      A lingering finish with warm notes of wood tannin.

  2. Stouby scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Vault w Rob Patchett, Global Ambassador.
    Yellow. Nose: Dry oak, pepper, fruit. Taste: Honey, light acid, dish, vanilla, fruit. Good balance and fullness.

  3. Sporx scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, honey, fruity, malt, some alcohol sharpness

    Grain, fruity, fresh, slightly astringent, spicy

    More than medium length, grain, spicy wood, slight bitterness

  4. WhiskyShared scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Appearance: Pale Gold
    This tastes fresh and young. The distillery DNA is there as you can identify the new make character. Nice fruity notes and good ABV.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Fresh orchard fruits, hay, vanilla, apple strudel, cinnamon, raisins
    • Taste
      86 86
      Heat, biscuit, jammy, fresh fruit, strawberries, It's bright. you can taste the underlying new make. Creamy on the palate. A little malty, a nice peppery tingle. Orange zest, barrel char, pear drops
    • Finish
      83 83
      Long finish, a little heat and spiciness. Zingy. Charred oak, fresh berries and apple.

  5. man2392 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    80:20 bourbon:str
    kiwi and rambutan
    doesn't taste as balanced as the 46% interestingly enough
    tasted at Croydon Whisky Festival

  6. zaphod155 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    It starts off promising, both in the nose and in the mouth. It then develops very spicy, sometimes slightly bitter aromas that leave little room for the sweet notes.
    • Nose
      Lots of caramel, vanilla and nuts. In addition, apples and pears, as well as grapes and fresh wood. Whole milk nut chocolate and a little mint freshness.
    • Taste
      Malt, honey, dry wood and orange peel. Dark caramel and a little pepper. Spicy and tart aromas follow, displacing the sweetness a bit.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is medium-long at most and characterized by the spicy notes.

  7. whisky666 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. holborndrinker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A summer drink - light and breezy.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Alcoholic vimto, sultanas, cherry.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Light in the mouth, bright with a sharpness coming along afterwards, honey gives way to a spice note.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium - a burning note appears after a while.


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