Kategoriarkiv: England

Cotswolds Founder’s Choice – Batch 01/2018

ABV: 60.9 %
Origin: England
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is high ABV spicy. There are peppermint and rye spices with anise and liquorice root. There are also honey and vanilla and a thin toffee note in the back. The oak peeks through but there’s no direct sign of the red wine casks on the nose at first. A smell of wet clothes after walking in the rain resides in the back. It gets sweeter with time in the glass and a thin savory note builds up as well. There’s no apparent sign of the young distillate.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and honey sweet for about a second before the high ABV brings a hefty spicyness. There’s still anise and liquorice found, but It’s almost directly pushed out of focus and gets overrun by a very pronounced fruitiness mixed with honey and vanilla. The oakiness is shining through and the rejuvinated red wine casks creates a fruitiness with red berries and tropical fruits. There’s a bitter side to it and some dark chocolate notes appear after a couple of seconds.

Finish: It basically gets even fruitier. This is full of every fruit imaginable. There are mangos, pineapple, peaches, raspberries, grapefruit and lemons. The oak arrives late in the finish and isn’t dominant. It’s a fresh oak that doesn’t leave too much of an impression. After everything dies down there’s a slight metallic note left in the mouth giving away the young age. This is a well made whisky.

Additional information
The Founder’s Choice is a cask strength Limited edition whisky. 2850 bottles were produced in this batch. The distillery was founded in 2014 which makes this a maximum of 5 years old. It’s aged in recondtitioned american oak red wine barriques. It’s not coloured and it’s unchillfiltered.

The English Original

ABV: 43 %
Origin: England
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 2/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is sweet and fruity. At first there’s a soft layer of honey and vanilla sitting on top of a young and quite lively distillate. It’s perfumey with both floral and fruity notes. Green apples, lemon and just a touch of sour grapes comes through within the center and there’s a small toffee note as well. Time in the glass is of the essence and makes it less spirity and more approachable with a nice desserty feel to it. This is a good nose but it feels a bit young and sharp.

Mouth: It starts out with custard up front and a bitter note in the back. It takes a while before the other notes pushes through but when they do it becomes very sour in the back with a mild toffee note up front. The fruit notes are the same but with a higher emphasis on lemon and lemon zest. It’s still sharp and spirit driven and it lacks the desserty overall feel the nose promises.

Finish: It starts of with a modest vanilla and toffee note in one layer and lemon zest, green apples and oak in a layer underneath. It doesn’t take long before most of the flavours fall apart which leaves a nice oakiness behind. It’s a fresh woodshop oakiness which still manages to keep itself at a nice level so it never becomes protruding. There’s a slightly dry nuttiness within as well. The late finish reveals a metallic note in the back. This is a decent whisky and there are some glimpses of great flavour combinations. Too bad it feels a bit young and sharp.

Additional information
The English Original was released in 2016 as a core range whisky. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels and it’s unchillfiltered.