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.
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.
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.
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
*Info taken from bottle and website