Situated in the Cotswolds of England, famous for its horticulture heritage and set in five acres of beautiful Cotswolds Countryside, this state-of-the-art distillery with a personal touch is perfectly poised for the creation of fine spirits.
One of the only fully operational Gin/Whisky Distilleries in the United Kingdom, and the first whisky made entirely in the Cotswolds, the distillery ethos embraces the Grain to Glass movement by hand-crafting in small batches using the finest local barley.
The grain-to-glass production emphasizes quality over cost at every step of the process, from floor malting to long fermentations to slow distillation in traditional Forsyth copper pot stills.
Aged in a blend of first fill ex-bourbon casks and repurposed wine barrels the whisky is blended and bottled on-site. Whilst the quantity may be limited, the quality is certain to impress over the years to come. It has already receivedhigh acclaim, putting the Cotswolds on the map of outstanding World Whiskies, including from our Members. Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was one of the Top 5 Spirits in 2019 and one of the winners of 2020 Flaviar Awards.
Smooth, and predominately spicy with some hints of other sweet flavors afterward.
Can't believe I did a review without actually clicking on the stars...
This was a smooth and spicy experience. The apricot was the strongest note for me. The addition of a bit of water made the experience all the more pleasant. Overall good sipping whisky.
It was smooth, but not really to my liking.
Surprisingly nice; vanilla and chocolate overtones.
Strong scotch aroma. Strong start with a smooth Smokey finish. Spice through the end. Good finish.
Very smooth, I enjoyed the taste and it has a nice after taste as well.
Very close to a scotch. Loved how it settled on the back of my tongue
The spice and sweetness comes together in a rather wonderful whisky. Would recommend to anyone!
spicy notes throughout that blend with fruit flavors
Great apricot flavor, lightly smokey. Just bought a bottle!
Fantastic for the price and the age. Sippable if you like whisky enough to handle some expected heat from something younger. I found that adding in a few drops of water brought out the flavors immensely and that it really shines as an Old Fashion with a cube of raw sugar, good ol angostura bitters and a burnt orange peel (no muddling!!!).
A bit harsh in the mouth.
Fairly approachable scotch, for better or worse. Good for non-scotch drinkers to dip their toes in, good enough for those that are scotch drinkers. Fair value for price
Nice and soft, surprising! Love this one
Got this in flavor sample and liked it better than the scotch that came in sample.
Cask strength, with a smooth caramel finish
Not personal. Not a fan of scotch
Not disappointed, would buy it on sale. Very muted flavors though.
Not my favorite whisky, but great overall. Didn't really detect the marzipan and honey as much as the marmalade, but it had a great nose and smooth finish.
Definitely good. I love the Cotswolds Cask Strength - but this is still great for the price. Haven’t experimented with it quite yet but I’m sure it’ll make a nice highball. Perfectly enjoyable neat.
Great flavor without the sting
Excellent and bold flavor without the sting
Taste was excellent
Tried this as part of a tasting box and was very pleasantly surprised. Bought a full bottle and really enjoying it.
Was thinking of walker’s shortbread biscuits as I sipped this neat. Adding a small cube of fresh ice opened it up a bit, but adding a half ounce of filtered water did the trick with this one. I could easily put this into my rotation, unless I win the lottery, in which case I’ll move to the cotswolds, eat cheese, sip this and live my best life.
Smooth and delicious
Smooth but not a memorable flavor
Sips a bit like a mediocre Irish whiskey with some extra floral and grassy components.
A delightfully delicious blend of spice and sweet.
Meh...not bad, but not great
This was a really good whisky and also easy to drink. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Surprisingly rich for a 4 year old. I found it to be a combination of what I like in a single malt mixed with the buttery shortbread of an Irish. I am impressed.
Very good considering how junior it is.
I love how fruity it is. An absolute a-bomb (apricot)!
A very good complex dinner drink that is easy to drink.
I usually give the whole nose taste and finish routine but I was busy sooooo it’s like this; I am a bourbon guy and this scotch is legit good. I do enjoy Speyside and Highland single malt guy when the occasion hits and this English malt is good. I would own this, might actually buy it.
Decent, spicy at first, has some sweetness to finish with a taste of oak. Nothing too special
Got a strong smell of tart apple on the nose at first, then some caramel and fruity sweetness. The taste was quite sweet with a lingering light fruit/citrus bit. Thought it was pretty damn good, nothing really jumped out as super special, but a great single malt imo.
Sweet with a bit of fruitiness (pineapple?) on the nose. Palate is honey, grass and orange peel. Finishes with a flash of tar and minty smoke. Light but complex.
Better on the rocks then neat. You can taste the honey and fairly smooth but not happy with the finish or aftertaste.
Like it very much. Super nice for at this price
Not bad, but I would not call this a sipping whiskey.
Damn fine whisky. Just opened the bottle and immediately decided it is something I’ll be sharing with friends. The flavor has a fruit forward flavor. Very smooth taste. The nose has a nice sweet Carmel or butterscotch fruity odor. It just invites you to want to taste it. The finish is light with a bit of tannins and fruity finish. I’ll be buying another bottle.
The business model of this little distillery is impressive, so I was excited to taste their craft made whisky. The initial nose is light with not too many layers. Bit fruit and caramel and little alcohol. Initial straight taste was a bit underwhelming but still good - easy drinking and not too complex. Adding ice/water elevated it exceptionally bringing out the fruit and caramel, and leaving flavors longer. Best part is there's no significant burn. Great regular drinker at this price point. Can't wait to try other products from Cotswolds!
Excellent marriage of sweet and spice! Hints of banana and toffee.
one of my NEW faves!!
A bit spicy but once that passes the fruit and nutty flavors shine
Sweet, smooth, long nutty finish on the back of my tongue. Quite delicious. My wife actually visited the distillery last May and brought me a 50ml bottle, which I enjoyed and which motivated me to buy a bottle from Flaviar.
Spicy and sweet
Nice flavors and the glass gets better with every sip
Solid. Very strong. Not the easiest sipper.
I can taste the spiciness in this, and the sweetness, definitely honey. There is a bite, a bit less smooth but nice if you like that edge...
Nice and smooth with the right flavor profile. To my palate it’s right on the mark
I wanted to give this a 10 but I am sure there is something better. Sweet, Smokey then smooth. The butterscotch finishes.
Not bad. Good smooth finish.
Good, very mellow
A little bit of spice, a little bit of bite, but overall quite smooth. I'd put it in my top 10, easily.
I liked this. The bite is a bit much, initially. The taste is peppery, smoothing out to a unique after taste. Perhaps a bit of lemony, sugar fading to a nice semi-smooth wood! All in all a good mid level whiskey!
Amazingly smooth. What a spicy delight!
A spicy delight, simply yummy!
First tasted the Cotswold in the advent box. And oh boy, it felt like a christmas morning all over again. Really good and delicious, with notes of brown, dark sugar with spices, and a loong finish, but still smooth
I like this one... Never tasted a Single Malt that smooth and with such a flavor profile. Defo one of my favorites.
What a great single malt!
Pretty damn good!
Smooth as silk!
Smooth sweet taste with a slight after bite.
strong spice + sweet
It is an outstanding, complex, 'Single Malt Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich & bold life lead to a long & tropical death with notes of orange zest, dark red fruits & a hint of molasses.
Orange. Orange nose. Orange taste. There is really no other way to describe this whisky other than orange. Want to call it orange zest? Fine. Orange marmalade? Sure. Want to make it more exotic and use other languages? You got it! Naranja! Arancia! Aurantiaco! But in the end, while this has all the staples of whisky, someone clearly tried to set this one apart and thought to themselves, "What's something you don't get a lot in whiskies? ORANGE WHISKY! Brilliant!" (English whisky. See what I did there?)
Nice sipping whiskey with a long finish
Nice whisky, very spicy with butterscotch notes.
Smells and taste good. Vanilla smell with some caramel. Tasty. Do not add water.
Fruity sweet with spice to start. The spice never actually hits hard though. Pretty smooth overall
Spicy but not overpowering...fruit smell is stronger than the taste for me..very smooth.
Definitely enjoyed this one...nice spice and fruit
Spicier than you expect after the light and sweet nose.
Subtle notes of peach immediately followed by a mildly spicy finish. Easy to drink and mild.
Nicely balanced flavor profile. Gentle smoke with some fruity and sweet notes. Reminds me a bit of a highland whisky like Dalwhinnie. Pleasant surprise
Spice up front, but finishes smooth. One ice cube really mellowed it out and made it quite enjoyable.
Really nice whisky to kick off the Advent calendar! Right up my ally with notes of honey, butterscotch, and spice! Love this whiskey service so much!
Delightful! With its subtle peach flavor and smooth finish, I can't wait to get a bottle of this.
Spicy and citrusy but goes down smooth.
Light golden colored. Aroma of fruit (pear, apple, peach). Some burn and spice up front but quickly dissipates. Very fruity with hints of orange, pear, peach, honey, and sugar. Nice mouthfeel, a bit oily but still light. Finish had some spice along with lingering fruit and sugar.
Surprised at how well I liked it. Spicy at first, but still getting the fruit and and slightly sweet flavors. Added a few drops of water and spicy was gone - fruit and sweet now predominant. My wife really liked it and she likes smoky scotch too.
I agree that the sweet notes came out with a drop of water or on the rock. It had a hint of smoke, but was mostly
sweet. Thanks for making this advent calendar!!
Fruity, especially the peach. Comes out more with ice
Day 1 of the 2019 Flaviar advent calendar - nice one to start it with. Very smooth and sweet single malt, easy to drink. I’m a bourbon guy first and a rum guy second so I favor whiskeys that aren’t real dank/Smokey and more dessert-like, like this one
Spice at first, and it gives way to lite essence of fruit. Nice mouth feel and good long finish.
Color is amber. Nose starts with a little ethanol, but quickly passes to honey and fruits, both citrus and sweeter ripe stonefruit. Beneath that is mild butterscotch. First sip is spicey, with fairly intense baking spices and black pepper followed by a a malty mid-palate and a deliciously sweet citrus and peach late palate. Additional sips show notes of caramel and more fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy.
Smooth, no bitter aftertaste. Refreshing and full bodied.
Lovely heavy oily mouth feel thanks to leaving out the chill filtration. Complex fruit without smoke or peat. Soft but complex. Easy to enjoy. The fruit marries beautifully with the ex-bourbon wood notes. Long aftertastes. Beautiful in a gentle package.
One word “EXCLENT”
Smooth and complex. Lovely fruit integrated with the barrel notes. No smoke or peat. A favorite.
Different on the nose, unique is a good word. Very smooth on the palate. Different
Terrific whisky with a unique flavor I was not expecting!
A really fine whisky. I wasn't sure what to expect from an English single malt, but it really stands out. Not as smokey as Scotch (at least those I prefer), but with the sweetness and burn of a really good American whiskey. I will definitely enjoy again.