June has seen some great advances in the build so far at the Cotswolds Distillery. Set in a 5 acres of beautiful Cotswolds countryside and housed in a stunning Cotswolds stone building, the distillery has now taken delivery of its 2400l wash still, 1600l spirit still, 500l Holstein still and everything else needed in the creation of their fine spirits; fermentation vessels, the mash tun and mill, blending room equipment and most importantly the tasting room!
Packed, wrapped and carefully transported more than 500 miles from their birthplace at the Forsyths plant in Rothes, the distillation equipment has finally found its new home in the heart of the Cotswolds. Owner Daniel Szor aims to create the first Cotswolds Single Malt whisky from local, organically grown Odyssey barley from a farm on the Bradwell Grove Estate (home to the Cotswolds Wildlife Park), and owned by Reggie Heyworth, whose family have been farming the 3000 acre estate for nearly 100 years. Dan will then be sending the Organic Odyssey barley to Warminster Maltings, the oldest working maltings in the UK, where the grain will be ploughed by hand in traditional malt floors using methods not changed since 1855.
“There is such an abundance of great local produce in the Cotswolds, barley in particular has thrived here for years and is used in maltings across the globe. I was looking out of my window one day and saw a field of barley blowing in the breeze-it was beautiful and totally inspired me to create the first Cotswolds single-malt whisky!”
The team at the Cotswolds Distillery will also be creating fine gins and eau de vies, with new product development on these lines beginning this week, led by Head Distiller Alex Davies, formerly of Chase Distillery. These will soon be available to purchase direct from the distillery and have already received a number of advanced purchases online.