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Cotswolds 2014 Odyssey Barley Single Malt Whisky 50ml
A deserved winner of Best English Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2018 and a Gold Medal at the same competition in 2019, this is the first whisky ever distilled in the Cotswolds.
The Cotswolds Distillery have aged this in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels from Kentucky and shaved, toasted and recharred American oak red wine barriques made at a cooperage in Portugal. The latter were designed specifically for this distillery by the late Dr. Jim Swan – a celebrated whisky maker described as “the Einstein of whisky” and who was instrumental in setting up a raft of great distilleries, including Kavalan, Penderyn, Kilchoman, Victoria Caledonian and Milk & Honey. The 2014 Odyssey Barley Single Malt Whisky is phenomenal – creamy like vanilla custard, marzipan and porridge swirled with strawberry and rhubarb jam; summery with orange, lemon, grass and wildflowers; and then finally there’s something of Sauternes with its honey, marmalade, peach, apricot and shortbread notes. Awarded 91 points by Whisky Advocate, who concluded: “A great all-rounder. More please!” We’re pretty confident that when you’ve finished this 50ml taster bottle, you’ll also want “more please”.
The Cotswold Distillery may have been producing incredible gin over the last few years, but their much-anticipated whisky is the talk of the town. The first casks were laid down in 2014 with help from the aforementioned legend Dr. Jim Swan and also harry Cockburn – the former Distillery Manager at Bowmore. Their Odyssey Barley is grown on farms in the Cotswolds and it’s traditionally floor-malted at the Warminster Maltings – Britain’s oldest working maltings. This is fermented with Anchor and Fermentis yeasts and local water before being distilled in copper pot stills called Mary and Janis. So, what you find in this bottle is a sensational snapshot of the rolling hills, clean air, honey-coloured stone, busy farms and bustling market towns of the Cotswolds.
SKU No.: 2970140
Style No.: 728985
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 46%
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