At the London Whisky Show, two things stood out – a most enjoyable start to our explorations at the Cotswolds booth and the fabulous 10th Anniversary celebrations with That Boutique-y Whisky Co.
So what better idea than to combine the two by acquiring That Boutique-y Whisky Co’s Cotswolds’ Batch 1 for our April evening for the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai.
What did we think?
Cotswolds 3 year Batch 1, 50.4% (TBWC, Home Nations Series) 1,785 bottles
- Nose – Honey, floral, very soft and sweet, some ripe cantaloupe, then a little prickly herbal quality – like fresh mint, mid-summer, cucumber, apricot – pulpy and inviting, and was there the tiniest hint of peat or perhaps smoked almonds? Shifting back and forth between tropical then citrus fruits
- Palate – Had a surprising spice burst of mixed peppercorns and red chilies to start, then mellowed into Big Red chewing gum with that cinnamon sweetness, and finally settled into a fruity compote with drizzled honey or caramel
- Finish – With the 1st sip there was a quick burn, but once we calibrated to the cask strength – realized it had a lovely finish with some spice and vanilla bean
- Water – We didn’t even try – this whisky was perfect exactly “as is”
The distillery is the brainchild of Daniel Szor who acquired an estate with two stone buildings and proceeded to convert them into a distillery and visitor centre.
The distillery was set up with guidance from renowned industry legends Harry Cockburn, former Distillery Manager at Bowmore, and Dr Jim Swan, fondly known as ‘the Einstein of whisky’ for his formidable knowledge of the science of distillation and maturation.
The distillery is committed to using only local barley. All the barley will have been grown in the Cotswolds. The distillery uses Britain’s oldest working maltings at Warminster. 100% of the malt they use is traditionally floor-malted.
The malt is milled and mashed at the distillery, and two strains of dried yeast are used for fermentation. Long fermentation of just over 90 hours to allow fruity flavour compounds called esters to form. This was one of Dr Jim Swan’s masterstrokes. It gives the spirit a fantastic fruity complexity.
And here are their official tasting notes for this 1st batch:
- Nose: Sweet and rich on the nose – there’s caramelized almonds, sweet pineapple and cherries with a hint of vanilla too.
- Palate: The sweetness continues, but citrusy warmth interjects – there’s lemon, orange and grapefruit.
I purchased this bottle online in Germany from Whic.de for Eur 52 (on sale) and opened it in Mumbai for a Whisky Ladies‘ session in April 2023 together with:
As for our other Cotswolds whisky-tasting experiences? Check these out:
- Cotswolds White Pheasant New Make Spirit (2022) 63.5%
- Cotswolds Founder’s Choice (2002)59.1%
- Cotswolds Harvest Series (2022) 52.5%
- Cotswolds Peated Cask (2022) 59.6%
- Cotswolds Sherry Cask Single Malt (2022) 57.4%
- Cotswolds Signature Single Malt (006/2018) 46% / 2022 @ London Whisky Show
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