Cotswolds Distillery whiskies and gin win gold at 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition and Great Taste Awards

The Cotswolds Distillery range of whiskies and gin have triumphed at the 2019 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and the Great Taste Awards.

At the IWSC, both Cotswolds Distillery Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky and the distillery’s flagship Single Malt Whisky were awarded gold medals at the prestigious global awards.

Meanwhile at the Great Taste Awards, the distillery’s Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky was the only whisky to receive three stars.

Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky, released in December 2018, is made using shaved, toasted and re-charred American Oak red wine barriques. The uniquely active casks provide the whisky with a rich and intense maturation with notes of toffee, oak and red fruits, giving a beautiful and deep colour.

Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, the Cotswolds Distillery has become a leader in English whisky production since the inaugural launch of Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky in 2017. The award wins at the IWSC marks the brands latest global achievement, while continuing to break barriers for the English whisky industry.

The range of whiskies are the first-ever distilled in the Cotswolds and use 100% locally grown, floor-malted barley.

The International Wine & Spirit Competition has been running for 50 years and is one of the world’s most respected spirits competitions, setting the international benchmark for quality, due in part to their esteemed judging panel of over 400 seasoned experts.

Dan Szor, Founder and CEO of the Cotswolds Distillery said: “We are very grateful to receive these great accolades for our core range of products. It’s fantastic to be recognised on a global scale by well-respected experts in the international whisky and gin industries as we continue to build our repertoire and act as an advocate for world-class, English whisky, firmly placing the Cotswolds on the map.”

Founder’s Choice is bottled at cask strength (60.9% ABV) non-chill filtered and with no added colour. The whisky is available in specialist retailers and the Cotswolds Distillery website with an RRP of £64.95.

Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt Whisky is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV and is available from Waitrose and online with an RRP of £44.95 for 70cl.


The Cotswolds Distillery

Located in Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, the distillery has become a premier local attraction, offering tours and tastings daily, and now receives 30,000 visitors a year.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was launched in October 2017. Each bottle lists the barley variety, harvest year and local Cotswolds farm it was grown on. It recently won Gold at the World Whiskies Awards 2019 and took 2 stars (one of only two whiskies to do so) in the 2019 Great Taste Awards. The distillery’s cask strength whisky release, Founder’s Choice Single Malt Whisky, was recently awarded the title of Best English Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.

In Jim Murray’s 2019 Whisky Bible, the Cotswolds Distillery received 5 ‘Liquid Gold’ awards. Three of their whiskies scored 95 points, with all of the distillery’s samples scoring over 88 out of 100.

Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is available nationally and in 31 countries across the world. Key UK retailers include Waitrose & Partners, Majestic Wine, The Whisky Exchange, Harrods and Laithwaites.

The distillery also produces Cotswolds Dry Gin, which was named Best London Dry at the 2016 World Gin Awards and received the top Gold Outstanding award in the 2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition. Difford’s Guide recently ranked the Gin as one of the top 20 Gins available in a survey of 450 brands.

Cotswolds Dry Gin is on sale nationally and in over 30 countries.  Key national accounts include Waitrose & Partners, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, and Fortnum & Mason.

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