About the Distillery
The Cotswolds Distillery is a mere babe by any standards. Opened in July 2014 – it was the brain child of Daniel Szor who worked in finance in London before opting for the much more civilised life of distillery founder/owner in the Cotswolds. ‘Small but Perfectly Formed’ is the motto of the distillery – and judging by both the distillery itself, and it’s products – they do the motto justice. The distillery uses traditional equipment and techniques, prides itself on using local barley and isn’t afraid to bend the rules. If you’re interested to find out more about how the Cotswolds 2014 Odyssey is produced – please see out full write up here.
Cotswolds 2014 Odyssey - Our Thoughts
Cotswolds 2014 Odyssey Barley is aged for 3 years and one day in a combination of ex-red wine casks and bourbon casks – bottled at 46% abv.
On the nose, fruit is immediately apparent – apricots and raspberries, pineapple with a honey-sweet overtone. Cake icing and licorice with wafts of vanilla around the edges.
The palate is malty good. Sweet, fresh fruits again, with a milk arrowroot biscuit on the side. Really fills the mouth yet isn’t oily. The 46% abv really pushes this whisky along, giving some real backbone to the delicate fruity flavours.
The finish is fantastic. Warm – but not hot – with cranberries, mild pepper, and a chewy sweetness that just doesn’t stop! Seriously – it just goes on and on and on… wow!
Bottlers Tasting Notes
We use traditional production processes and equipment to produce our Cotswolds 2014 Odyssey Barley. Locally-grown malted barley is milled and then mashed in our 0.5-tonne mash tun, mixing the milled grain with hot water to produce worts. Yeasts are then added. We run the fermentation for more than 90 hours in order to generate plenty of fruity flavour compounds alongside the alcohol produced.
Nose: Notes of honey and butterscotch layered with light fruits (peaches & apricots), a hint of marzipan.
Palate: Strong notes of tannin-rich malt, oils and dark sugar with lots of spice, caramelised Seville orange marmalade.
Finish: Long and resinous, with dark red fruits and a hint of treacle.