Costwolds and Speyburn Whiskies
Are you looking for an extra special tipple for Christmas then read our reviews of Cotswolds and Speyburn whiskies. They are a touch of class in the ever growing whisky market.
The Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt
The Cotswolds Distillery Single Malt is the first ever whisky to be created in the Cotswolds ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and is created using only Cotswolds-grown barley. The inaugural release, launched late 2017, is rich and fruity in style and has been matured in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and specially shaved, toasted and re-charred red wine casks. The young expression bursts with notes of honey and butterscotch, layered with light fruits (peaches, apricots) and a hint of marzipan. To taste, the whisky is rich with malt, oils and dark sugar. Spice and caramelised bitter orange lead into a long, resinous finish with dark red fruits and a hint of treacle.
Stockists: Cotswold Distillery
The Speyburn 15 Year Old
The Speyburn 15 year old is crafted using the rich, natural elements of Speyside, this unique expression has matured for over a decade in American oak and Spanish oak casks. Amber (with golden highlights) in colour, this liquid has the aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, orange, raisins and spice. The taste is full-bodied, with notes of citrus fruits and a creamy, warm and long-lasting finish.
Stockists: The Whiskey Exchange
Speyburn 10 Years Old
Speyburn 10 Years Old brings bold flavours and a long, smooth finish – a popular choice amongst whisky drinkers. Recognised by its pale gold colour with amber highlights, each expression is matured in a combination of American oak ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Alongside a fresh lemon scent, the global favourite has a unique flavour with a sweet blend of toffee, butterscotch and vanilla and a subtle citrus tone – ideal for a cold and cosy winter’s night by the fire.
Perfect for: A whisky enthusiast looking for a festive winter warmer to share with friends.
RRP for a 70cl bottle: £32
Speyburn Bradan Orach
Speyburn’s Bradan Orach is an essential for any whisky drinker. Gaelic for ‘Golden Salmon’, the expression was named in honour of the world class salmon fishing found on the River Spey. Energetic and appealing, this is the brightest member of the Speyburn range, distinguished by its light, golden amber colour. Matured exclusively in American oak ex-bourbon casks, this simple, refreshing and summery expression perfectly combines the subtle flavours of honey and vanilla, with green apple and lemon, resulting in a smooth, creamy and long spicy finish.
Perfect for: Someone on your gift list who is curious about whisky.
RRP for a 70cl bottle: £27
I hope you found these suggestions from Cotswolds and Speyburn useful and that your recipient shares a glass or two with you.
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