Cotswolds Single Malt (2014)

Cotswolds Single Malt (2014)2014 Odyssey Barley

This is from Bradwell Grove Farm. The first single malt whisky ever made in the Cotswolds, matured in specially selected first fill oak barrels. Non-chilled filtered.

Cotswolds single malt whisky is made in small batches using 100% floor-malted local barley. Long fermentations and double pot distillation, followed by maturation in premium oak barrels, create a balance of elegance and richness with wonderful fruit character. Blended and bottled on site.

The Cotswolds distillery was born from a dream to produce outstanding natural spirits in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. We are the first and only distillery within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our rural site showcases the best this wonderful region has to offer.

Tasting notes

Nose: Notes of honey and butterscotch layered with light fruits (peaches & apricots), a hint of marzipan.

Palate: Strong notes of tannin-rich malt, oils and dark sugar with lots of spice, caramelised Seville orange marmalade.

Finish: Long and resinous, with dark red fruits and a hint of treacle.

History

Our pair of traditional copper pot stills were made for us by hand in Scotland by world-renowned coppersmiths, Forsyths. Each run creates just over a barrel of beautiful light spirit.

Our whisky is distilled using local malting barley, grown for us on farms across the Cotswolds. We support local agriculture, and we value our close relationships with our farmers.

Our barley is malted for us by hand in Britain’s oldest floor maltings, just south of us in Warminster (Wilts). We then mill it ourselves here at the distillery.

We source the finest casks from around the world for our whisky, including first-fill bourbon barrels from Kentucky, wine barriques from France & Portugal and sherry casks from Spain. All barrels are used for full-term maturation, not cask finishing. We use our barrels only once.

We respect our beautiful surroundings and are committed to protecting our environment. Our spent grains feed local cows, our stillage is turned into biogas, and solar energy helps power our distillery.

We’re very proud of our small but perfectly-formed distillery here in the Cotswolds.

Carefully sourced ingredients

Malt: Odyssey. We are committed to using only barley grown in the Cotswolds, and the variety and farm on which it was grown are listed on the label of each bottle. We are one of a very small number of British whisky-makers to use 100% floor-malted barley. This comes to us from Britain’s oldest working maltings, in nearby Warminster. It is unpeated.

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 Kentucky ex-bourbon 200-litre barrels and reconditioned American Oak 225-litre red wine casks that have been shaved, toasted and recharred.

Lovingly crafted

We use traditional production processes and equipment to produce our Cotswolds Single Malt. Locally-grown malted barley is milled and then mashed in our 0.5-tonne mash tun, mixing the milled grain with hot water to produce worts. Yeasts are then added. We run the fermentation for more than 90 hours in order to generate plenty of fruity flavour compounds alongside the alcohol produced.

Then the distillations begin. First, in the wash still (Mary), and a second in Janis, our spirit still. In the spirit run, we only select a small section – the heart cut – which is taken unusually early in the distillation to capture the fruity notes and avoid the heavier, rougher elements that appear at the end of the run. The end result is a light, colourless, fruity new make spirit. This is diluted to 63.5%ABV and put into casks to mature. This release has been aged for just over three years, and is bottled non-chill filtered, with no added colouring, at 46%ABV.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.cotswoldsdistillery.com

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Shackleton Blended Malt

Shackleton Blended Malt“I believe it is our nature to explore, to reach out into the unknown”

Ernest Shackleton

Expeditions

1901-1903 Discovery expedition (under Capt. Falcon Scott)

1907-1909 Nimrod expedition – to South Pole

1914-1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition

In the early years of the 20th century, Sir Ernest Shackleton led one of the most famous expeditions to the Antarctic, overcoming tremendous obstacles to ensure that all of his men returned home safely. That expedition is one of the greatest stories of exploration and leadership in history, and has inspired adventurers across the works ever since.

Shackleton ordered 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky to take on his expedition of 1907. In 2007, eleven intact bottles containing this perfectly preserved whisky were recovered from under the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp.

This has inspired our Master Blender, Richard Paterson, to create this Shackleton whisky as a personal and deeply felt project. He has combined the best highland malt whiskies, allowing them to marry over a long period to create an enigmatic blended malt with a dash of body and a whisper of smoke. It has complex notes of vanilla, honey and orchard fruits with real warmth and depth at its heart, like Shackleton himself.

A contribution from sales of this whisky will be made to the Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) www.NZAHT.org. This will support both the ongoing care of Shackleton’s Antarctic base and the Trust’s mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration; a spirit embodied by Shackleton.

Tasting Notes

NOSE

  • Vanilla
  • Toffee apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger

TASTE

  • Dark sugar
  • Sweet dried fruits
  • Glazed pineapple

FINISH

  • Hot mulled wine
  • Praline chocolate with a final whisper of bonfire smoke

Based on the antique whisky supplied to the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition

OUR STORY BEGINS WITH SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON. 

Iconic polar explorer, and one of the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.  A man whose expeditions are legendary.

Driven by the desire to conquer uncharted lands, Sir Ernest embarked on an epic journey to reach the undiscovered South Pole, leading his team on the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition.

The extreme conditions saw the Pole slip from their grasp, but they returned as heroes, making headlines around the world after breaking all records to reach 88* South.

To bolster team spirit, Sir Ernest had personally ordered 25 cases of ‘Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky’ for the Antarctic expedition.

In 2007 eleven bottles of this Scotch which has been hidden underneath the floorboards of the base camp hut for a century, were painstakingly recovered.

World renowned Master Blender, Richard Paterson, brought bottles back to Scotland to uncover the secrets within this lost whisky.

 

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.theshackletonwhisky.com

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Scapa ‘the’ Orcadian – Glansa

Scapa ‘the’ Orcadian – GlansaGlansa (adj. Norse, shining storm-laden skies)

Taking our signature smooth fruity single malt, which is aged in American Oak, this expression is then rested in peated casks creating richness and depth, with notes of warm, heather-honey and soft fruits giving way to a subtle smoky finish.

Within reach of the Arctic Circle, Scapa, part of the Orkney Isles archipelago is rules by the elements. Perched on the tranquil shores of Scapa Flow, the Scapa distillery is perfectly placed to look out upon the ever-changing seas and skies.

To survive here, islanders have learnt to harness nature’s contrasts. So too our artisans, who have been influenced by both calm serenity and untamed wilderness in this bottling.

Crafted the Orcadian way, our team of artisans pride themselves on using traditional methods and skills honed over several generations. This expression is aged in American Oak until it develops the signature honeyed smoothness. The single malt is then further rested in peated casks which impart a subtle smokiness inspired by the ever-changing character of Orkney.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Fruity sweet notes of soft peach, pineapple, vanilla intermingled with subtle bonfire smoke.

Palate: Peach and ripe flavours and creamy caramel toffee and vanilla balanced perfectly with soft smoke.

Finish: Very long with a markedly smoky finish.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.scapamalt.com/

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Glenfiddich Select Cask – European, Bourbon & Red Wine Casks

Glenfiddich Select Cask - European, Bourbon & Red Wine CasksBorn of Boldness

William Grant dreamt of building his own distillery and defied all odds to achieve this. He named it Glenfiddich, Gaelic for Valley of the Deer, and the first drop flowed from his stills on Christmas Day 1887. Still proudly family run today, we now have an unrivalled collection of rare and exquisite casks.

Our Innovation

Cask Collection is created using our pioneering Solera Vat system. These bespoke wooden vats are where the magic happens. Always at least half full, they marry Glenfiddich malts matured in different oak casks to give infinite richness and complexity.

Select Cask

Our Malt Mater expertly hand-selects aged European oak, bourbon and red wine casks for their individual flavour and characteristics.

Aged Bourbon Casks – impart rich vanilla and sweet toffee flavours

European Oak Casks – add deep oaky tannin notes and a velvety texture

Red Wine Casks – add vibrant fruity characteristics with floral top notes

With elegant layers of sweetness, spice and hints of citrus, Glenfiddich Select is a deliciously smooth expression made from casks married using our unique Solera vat process to create a single malt of unrivalled quality and consistency.

Each cask is hand-selected by our Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and chosen for its unique taste profile. Individual casks are then married in our Solera Vat, a unique process where the flavours from each cask interact with each other to create a uniquely smooth and refined single malt.

A beautifully soft, sweet single malt, our Select expression combines the refined taste of oak with the signature orchard fruit of the Glenfiddich collection.

COLOUR

Autumn barley.

NOSE

Beautifully fragrant and floral. Summer blossom notes with hints of creamy vanilla toffee and subtle oakiness. A touch of zesty citrus in the background.

TASTE

Very soft and mellow with a lovely balance of oak and the trademark Glenfiddich character. Layers of sweetness and spice with hints of freshly ground pepper.

FINISH

Crisp, refreshing and extremely well balanced.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.glenfiddich.com

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Irish Reserve 26 Year Old

Irish Reserve 26 Year OldIrish Reserve 26 Year Old single malt Irish whiskey.

Carefully crafted to a superior reserve distiller’s recipe. Expertly matured for a smooth and mellow drinking experience.

This single malt Irish whiskey has been matured in traditional hand-crafted casks for over twenty six years until it achieves the perfect balance of exceptionally smooth flavour in harmony with sweet delicate oak.

Tasting notes:

Aroma: Intensely fruity with notes of ripe apples, tropical fruit and caramelised pear. Subtle oak tannins and vanilla add depth and complexity.

Taste: Beautifully smooth and rich with an abundance of fruity sweetness. Woody spices develop over time as the oak notes developed over 2 decades come through.

Finish: Long lasting sweetness.

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Ben Bracken Highland

Ben Bracken HighlandBen Bracken Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Scotland, the most important whiskey country in the world, became famous for its HIGHLANDS. Here, between lush green hills and wild heather meadows, the elegant Ben Bracken Highland is created, a medium single malt full of fruit and subtle spicy notes.

Tasting Notes:

Character: Medium heavy, fruity and spicy, a very elegant Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.
Fragrance: Spicy notes of creme brulee and candied orange merge with the scent of juicy cherries and a touch of elderflower.
Taste: Freshly baked brioche and honey harmonize wonderfully with the intense aromas of marzipan, espresso and dark chocolate.
Finish: Long-lasting, spicy and fruity.

Noble and dignified with warm rich aromas of creme brulee, glazed orange segments, honey dipped in brioche and marzipan.

An unforgettable taste of coffee, dark bitter chocolate, black morello cherries and pecan pie completes this highland masterpiece.

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Ben Bracken Islay

Ben Bracken IslayBen Bracken Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

The Scottish island of ISLAY is home to smoky peat, salt-soaked soils and thundering Atlantic waves. This is where the intense smoky notes of Ben Bracken Islay, a single malt full of power and variety of complex flavors, are created. For connoisseurs and lovers of character-strong whiskeys.

Tasting Notes:

Character: Powerful, intense, smoky and peaty, a very elegant Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.
Fragrance: Like an adventure on the sea – salty sea spray and campfire combine with the intense scent of pickled walnuts and baked banana.
Taste: Smoky intense. Complex aromas of ash, sea salt and allspice meet coffee, dark chocolate and hot baked apple.
Finish: Very long-lasting, powerful and smoky.

Powerful and unforgettable with a barrage of aromas, tangy sea spray, bonfire smoke, salted bananas and baked apples arouse the senses.

A generous mouthful of flavours rewards the palate with moist walnut cake, allspice, sea salt chocolate and black toffee.

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Ben Bracken Speyside

Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The SPEYSIDE region has developed from being a secret to one of Scotland’s most popular whiskey areas in recent years. The fruity Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt is rather mild and elegant and therefore a great treat for connoisseurs and whiskey newcomers alike.

Tasting Notes:

Character: Light and fruity, a very elegant Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.
Fragrance: Reminiscent of ripe pears and apricots, which are in sweet honey and flavored with a little vanilla and cinnamon – always accompanied by a refreshing touch of lemon peel.
Taste: Creamy caramel and milk chocolate merge with spicy aromas of banana cake, café latte and roasted almonds.
Finish: Long-lasting, nutty and fresh.

Light, elegant and refined with attractive nuances of vanilla honey, cinnamon, creamy caramel and coffee latte. These enticing aromas are reflected on the palate with rewarding silky flavours of roasted almonds, sun dried raisins, moist banana cake and maple syrup.

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Talisker 57° North

Talisker 57° NorthFrom the rugged western shores of the Isle of Skye comes a richly flavoured, maritime malt, with a warming afterglow. So easy to enjoy yet like Skye itself, so hard to leave.

Talisker is the only Single Malt Scotch Whisky made on the Isle of Skye beside the shore of Loch Harport in the jagged shadow of the peaks of The Cuillin.

Founded in 1830 by Hugh MacAskill, Talisker distillery remains faithful to traditional values. A hundred and eighty years of knowledge has been passed down through generations of distillers.

The result is this much prized whisky, described by famous Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson as the “the king o’ drinks”. Made by the sea in every sense, the powerful peat smoke and maritime character of Talisker reflects its storm-lashed surroundings.

A pure expression of Talisker from American Oak refill cask, 57° North is bottled at 57% ABV (100 proof) to honour the latitude of the distillery. Sweet to start, it explodes with smoke and volcanic pepper.

Photography from Cailean Maclean

“This turbulent winter image looks across a cold and stormy Lock Savaig to where the dark mountains of Skye, their outlines dimly glimised behind the crashing wave, rise above the warring sea and rocks”

Nose: The nose is very pungent and full. Notes of sour citrus develop with rich peat smoke. Hints of peppered oak and notes of sea spray pounding stones and a little kelp.

Palate: The palate is thick and full. Creamy manuka honey and lemon juice, notes of peppered oak and spice, a little butter perhaps and plenty of dry wood.

Finish: The finish is long with black pepper and oak.

Talisker 57° North takes its name from this remote, rugged and windswept distillery’s latitude. And rightly so, because this is an untamed, natural expression of the Talisker’s full power: a volcanic, intensely appealing flavour that most drinkers will have only experienced in a cask strength bottling.

Notes:

Appearance: Full gold.

Nose: Clean and intense, with the light smoke of a struck match. Creamy toffee balanced by fruit. Hints of seaweed, heather blossom and vanilla.

Body: Explosive, intense and smoky.

Palate: Sweet, with smoke and tar exploding around the middle – evoking the raw volcanic power which formed Skye’s famous Black Cuillin mountains.

Finish: Oily, tingling with the signature pepperiness. Smoother with water.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.malts.com

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Dewar’s The Ancestor 12 Year Old

Dewar's The Ancestor 12 Year Old Dewar’s The Ancestor 12 Year Old blended Scotch whisky married in oak casks. Double Aged for Extra Smoothness.

Aged in hand selected reserve casks for twelve years, this whisky has long been admired as The Ancestor.

Notes:

  • Honey, home-made toffee apples and fudge.
  • Warm, buttery and mellow.
  • Juicy sultanas and fresh citrus, with subtle vanilla.
  • Clean, full and lively.
  • RICH
  • Melted caramel with a trace of oak.
  • Rounded, smooth and long.

The Dewar family have lived in rural Perthshire, Scotland for generations. John Dewar, born 1805, founded his business in 1846 and pioneered the art of carefully blending up to 40 single malt and single grain whiskies together to make a Scotch that was fine, smooth and never varied.

We’re proud to have been suppliers to the Royal household for over 100 years and in that time we’ve become the most awarded blended Scotch in the world.

Over 100 years ago Dewar’s pioneered the technique of allowing the single malts and single grains to “marry” together in vintage oak casks for several months after blending. As any expert on blending will tell you, this process makes our Scotch incredibly smooth, with the many subtle layers of flavour in perfect harmony.

At Aberfeldy in the heart of the Highlands, John’s sons built a distillery to make the Single Malt that shapes the honeyed, rich flavour of our Scotch. There’s gold in the water source… but that’s another story.

John Alexander Dewar

Born in 1856, John Alexander Dewar took the Dewar’s helm as a young man of just 24 but his entrepreneurial attitude fitted the times exactly. He appointed A.J. Cameron as Master Blender, who pioneered the technique of marrying the whiskies together in oak casks after blending.

Tommy Robert Dewar

Born 1864, Tommy Dewar was the maverick brother, a renowned wit and raconteur at the forefront of cocktail culture. He was a genius for publicity, making the first film adverts and travelling the world to extol the virtues of his fine, smooth Scotch.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.dewars.com

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