A relative newcomer to the Cotswolds scene, Cotswolds Distillery made an impact quickly, initially with the success of its Cotswolds Dry Gin. The long-term game plan, however, is all about whisky production.
New Yorker Dan Szor is the founder, props for noting the Cotswolds’ soft, clear water and barley fields… and deciding that a great whisky could be made here. It seems like he was right. The first release spirit scored 94/100 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Cotswolds Distillery Tours
The distillery itself is set in 5 acres in the Warwickshire Cotswolds. For visitors, it’s an attractive place to explore, all Cotswold stone, oak barrels and copper pot stills. There are tours and tastings every day.
Tours go at 11am, 1pm and 3pm – it’s important to book these in advance, as they’re often full to capacity. On the other hand you can simply call in, taste products as you look around and leave with your own supply of Cotswolds’ newest authentically local souvenir.
Cotswolds Distillery Gin is popular, having mirrored the boom in gin sales across Britain. Botanicals include grapefruit and lime – and lavender from nearby Snowshill. The whisky, made with local barley and floor-malted is truly exceptional and offer great promise for the future.
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