Review #907 (2022)
A bottle dedicated to late Dr Jim Swan, who helped Cotswolds getting started. It is matured red wine STR casks, and only 2.500 bottles were made. Spices, over ripe plums and dark chocolate in the smell.
Very powerful at first in the taste. Oak and spices alongside dark grapes and nutty notes. Long finish, full of spices and dried fruits. Hint of bitterness all the way through – like bitterness from dark chocolate with cocoa concentration.
A great whisky from Cotswolds, and I really like what these STR casks can do for young distilleries/young whisky – a guarantee recipe from Dr Jim Swan! To get 5 year old whisky to taste like this is fantastic! I will give this 85/100 (21/21/22/21).