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Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

(70cl, 46%)

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky

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Cotswolds Single Malt Bottling Note

Very exciting stuff here, folks! This is the first single malt whisky from the Cotswolds Distillery (as well as being the first single malt whisky ever distilled in the Cotswold countryside!). A much-anticipated release, which has been produced using barley grown in the Cotswolds, distilled in their Forsyths copper pot stills (Mary & Janis) and aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and red wine casks. We've been eagerly awaiting this whisky, and we know plenty of you have been too!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: The first thing you notice are spicy cereal notes, malt and porridge, then comes the fruit - orange peel and lemon. Grassy and floral flavours followed by marzipan.

Palate: Beautiful texture, creamy and round, with sweet citrus fruit and black pepper.

Finish: Good length. There’s vanilla custard and a lift of aromatic freshness that will make you want another sip.

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Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky Reviews

Decent nose, not much else

This was highly disappointing. This distillery has a fantastic reputation (though that might be related to their more limited releases) but I would not recommend this bottle. The nose isn't bad, but is not aligned in any way with the taste. Only a slight burn, with no immediate taste - the aftertaste on the other hand is just unpleasant. Hoping my next English is a lot better, but I would be willing to try other bottles from Cotswolds.

30th November 2020

A good competitor for scottish single malts

Lovely whiskey.. Easy on the palate... Spicy and sweet... A smooth flavour... Enjoyed it with lots of ice

29th November 2020

Excellent, all-around sipper

This is an exceptional spirit especially considering its young age. Notes of honey, almond, butterscotch candies, a hint of caramel leading into richer tones of over-ripe fruit. On the palate it sings single-malt whisky with rich, vanilla, spicy fruit and a slightly oily finish. It takes on the flavors of the bourbon barrel aging with a hint an essence of Kentucky.

10th September 2020

Lots of flavour but doesn't last

Very fruity and light, but with surprising depth for a young whisky. It's bottled at 46%, adding a little water opened it up quite a lot. The finish is rather short and thin.

If you want a nice warming whisky in the depths of winter this isn't it, but with some cold water (or even ice...) and its short finish its a very refreshing drink I could enjoy on a hot day.

10th August 2020

Good start, poor finish

Good initial nose and taste, but the finish is awful. Syrupy and not clean. Definitely not one to buy again

15th July 2020

Great, light and flavoursome

I thought that I was an Islay man, but this Whisky has changed that and I will no longer be stuck in my ways (well, not over good whisky anyway!)

29th June 2020

Amazing nose & finish

Smooth with amazing nose combination & finish. One of my favorites by far

18th June 2020


Not nice to spicy

23rd May 2020

I was not a fan

I was not a fan. Way too spicy for me.

14th March 2020


Short finish, lacking in complexity. Not very well rounded. But there is potential. Good to see England making Whiskey.

1st March 2020

I just love it

Got a bottle, A because I wished to try an English Whisky and B, because Jim Murray rated it very highly. I was not disappointed, it is a lovely Whisky and I will be ordering another bottle or Two. You have to give it a try.

22nd February 2020

Worth a try!

Light breezy nose with hints of malt, spicy pepper on the palate with a spiced honey finish to the after taste. Maybe not as complex or rounded as many of the best but sits well with 'mid-range' whisky.

19th February 2020

Lovely Whisky

I must echo what others have said. For such a young Whisky it is truly outstanding. I will be purchasing another bottle, and trying their other offering.

16th January 2020

5 stars

On my second bottle now, a very amazing blend of whiskey one of my most favourite, try it you will not be disappointed!

28th December 2019

The English get a 👍

English malt?! Wtf I hear you yell!

This is a real gem. Full and rich, I get nuisances if a Glenmorangie 10 crossed with a Dalmore 12. It’s ripe fruit, dark and ever so lightly smoked with hazelnuts or almonds hanging around toward the finish. Bravo to the Cotswolds distillery and the barley they use can certainly be picked up on. This is a real joy to have in my collection, I love bringing it out for my fellow Scots who would ordinarily sneer at a “malt” from south of the border. Reasonably priced also.

29th November 2019

Nice UK try

Just a drop in my local pub, I found it a bit sweet around the edges, but it's nice and warming, just the right amount of spice, perphas a touch of ice may loosen it up a bit and smooth it out.

28th November 2019

Just OK..

Easy drinking, light whiskey. Not very complex, light nose, tasty palate but quick finish and unfortunately quite forgettable. I really wanted to love this whiskey after I tried their Founders edition which is amazing and I highly recommend. Just felt very disappointed in this bottle and wish I paid the extra £20 for the founders edition. I felt maybe the 5star reviews were more a sign of national pride over substance!

However for an easy drinking light whisky its just ok..

21st September 2019

Top dog

Forget brands, high prices, blah blah blah.
This is bang up there and at a very reasonable price. Could drink a bottle in one go

20th July 2019

Glad to see a fine whisky in England

Very smooth and rounded.
Sampled a 50ml bottle from Burford Garden Center,a perfect way to enjoy a taster around the fire on cold Sunday evening.
Keep the good work up, very satisfied customer .

8th May 2019


I bought my first bottle some weeks ago and it did not last long! It will not be my last. This is now one of a number of favourites.

25th February 2019


I love the taste of whisky but this one is an absolute classic, probably the best I’ve ever had, very impressed. Will be ordering another for my Birthday in May :).

22nd February 2019

At last

Highly enjoyable smooth whisky. A perfect balance of flavours, understated, complete. At last, an English single malt that can complete with the best scotch whisky.

3rd February 2019

Goodbye Islay ..... Hello Shipston.

Having lived in Tredington for many years not a mile away from the distillery; now in Gloucestershire (still the Cotswolds) .
This is brilliant ! A bottle a week, (plus gruyere cheese).
Must visit the distillery.
I've discovered year round Christmas..

18th December 2018


Very smooth and fragrant. Unique flavour. I love it!

13th December 2018

World class spirit

Simply majestic whisky. Complex, rich, surprising.

Don't miss out on this one

24th November 2018

Outstanding, instant classic

My God, what a perfect drink. I just fell in love

23rd November 2018

A personal and intimate dram.

This was the finest single Malt at the Manchester Whisky Festival on Saturday 27/10/18

31st October 2018


This is a beautiful whisky, and surprisingly complex for its young age. You get a hint of the red wine barrel on the nose, and right at the end of the taste too. I look forward to seeing what this distillery does in the future.

28th October 2018

Re Misnomer

Whisky is not a controlled name: however Scotch Whisky is. So, no problems with the name. Regardless, this whisky, despite its youth is a lovely drop.

10th October 2018

A Masterpiece

This is an exquisite Whiskey.

8th September 2018

Not a Scotch whisky but still a very good English one!

Was lucky enough to obtain a bottle of the 1st release after visiting the distillery last year.
Impressive set up and their gin is fantastic as well. The whisky is very good, highly recommend it. Go on, you know you want to!

15th July 2018


To the reviewer who “thought” the word “whisky” was a controlled name: why not spend a few minutes making sure you know what you’re talking about, before you dis the fruit of someone’s labour with a pointless 1-star review (all the moreso when you’ve admittedly never even tried the product)?! It only takes a few minutes, and you’d have discovered that the term “whisky” can be and is used by the Japanese, French, Dutch, Taiwanese, Australians, Swedes.....the list goes on. Also, what “origins in Scotland” are you referring to, when those origins are every bit as Irish as they are Scottish?

28th June 2018

Very accomplished

Gave 4 rather than five to take into account some other Whisky you can get for the same price. This whisky apparently was designed to fit in with Costwolds where it is distilled and to taste good even when young and they hit the bullseye on both of those.
Agree with the tasting notes, I get some butter as well but that is probably due to oiliness (in a good way). There is some youthful heat but not in a bad way and in line of the Big Red comment, feels more like a cinnamon heat (old fashioned cinnamon balls) than a Chile or Pepper heat.
Bought another to put away for later times.

11th June 2018


Far more complex than a 3 year old whisky should be. Beautifully balanced, with an interesting red wine finish right on the back of the nose. I'll be keeping an eye on this distillery for sure. 5 stars.

13th May 2018


A whisky that is punching well above it's weight. Picked this up at a food festival in Gloucestershire and im glad i did. Lovely nose of honey and marzipan, soft in the mouth with a orange marmalade finish. Beautiful. Will be buying more while its less known!

9th May 2018


For a young whisky it punches well above it's weight.
Delicious and highly recommended

12th April 2018


A lovely drop.

19th March 2018

Excellent flavor.

This is an excellent new-comer to the market. Has all the flavor and character of a single malt scotch! Nice and spicy, nutty flavour. Cutting with just a touch of water really opens it up.

No wonder they are winning awards.

10th February 2018

Like chewing Big Red gum

Normally I'm pretty good about my tasting notes matching those of others. And I do get the sweet and fruity nose, spicy plate, and fruity finish with a lingering spice. But I can't get beyond that all of these add up to chewing a piece of Big Red cinnamon gum. It is such a resemblance that my jaw automatically starts to chew the whisky. Very odd...but tasty.

28th December 2017

What a whisky!

Bought two bottles of the inaugural release after a distillery tour. The nose is so similar to the Dalmore 15 and the taste isn't far off either.
Rich mouthfeel and full of flavour and character. Looking forward to future bottling.

6th December 2017

Really Spirity, definately needs water to calm it down

Very Young tasting whisky; long peppery aftertaste, definitely honeyed, slight marmalade, lovely smooth mouthfeel once the water is added, unpleasant neat. Would definitely buy future mature bottlings if this initial juvenile offering is anything to go by

20th November 2017

Awesome flavour

Fantastic Whisky, quirky and bound to be a hit! Looking forward to the next batch!

25th October 2017

Game changer

Great on the nose, fruity on the sip, outstanding stuff.

24th October 2017


A superb whisky, unbelievable character considering how young it is. A true testament to the investment in ingredients and casks they use.

19th October 2017

Great single malt

I have a bottle ordered but not had a chance to pick it up yet but I have sampled some of the test batch back in 2016 and it tasted wonderful then so I just had to have a bottle from the first barrel!
From memory, it had a lovely treacly taste that stayed strong in the mouth. Hoping the fully matured product is even more pronounced!

18th October 2017

fantastic stuff

I pre ordered two bottles of this whisky 4 yrs ago. Got my hand on this at the harvest festival open day. When I tasted this whisky I was totally overwhelmed . For a you whisky the taste is fantastic. I boughtba 3rd bottle on the daybto drink as the other 2 are going in storage. I have put a bet on with my wife that this whisky will win whisky of the year soon.

17th October 2017

Fantastic new entrant. Bravo!!

Tried this at their launch party. This single malt is a real corker. Fantastic fruit in the spirit and sweet notes of butterscotch. It beats my favourite Scottish (Benromach 12yo)

11th October 2017

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