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Cotswolds Distillery reveals first single malt

The first distillery out of the Cotswolds 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' will launch its inaugural release limited edition single malt whisky in the first week of October.

Comprised of just 4,000 bottles, the public allocation sold out through pre-sales last year.

Production of the single malt began in September 2014 at the site in the North Cotswolds under the guidance of industry expert, the late Dr Jim Swan.

The Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine casks.

The provenance of the raw ingredients is highly important to the distillery, who have committed to using only Cotswolds-grown, floor-malted barley in all its single malt whiskies. In a move consistent with the growing transparency movement in the whisky industry, the barley variety and local farm it was grown on will be listed on each bottle, with detailed production data for each release given on the distillery’s website. 

Daniel Szor, founder and CEO, Cotswolds Distillery comments: “Our single malt is the culmination of years of hard work, combining over five decades of ‘grain to glass’ production knowledge from internationally-renowned experts with the region’s best-in-class ingredients. We’ve managed to produce something truly remarkable, and we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved.” 

The non-chill filtered whisky is bottled at 46% ABV and is available at an RRP £44.95 for 70cl. For more details on the distillery and its single malt whisky, visit

11 September 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor