Cotswolds Introduces Hearts & Crafts Collection

by Daniel Galyean

The Cotswolds Distillery is delighted to announce the first release in a series of single malts which have been inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement: Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky. This is the distillery’s first-ever European Oak Cask expression.

The Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Collection will consist of yearly limited editions, with each edition presented in a gift box with a different William Morris pattern, reinforcing the creative beauty of the Arts & Crafts Movement. Each edition will not be repeated; Cotswolds Hearts & Crafts Sauternes Cask Single Malt Whisky is made up of 1,680 bottles.

William Morris, one of the leaders of the Arts & Crafts Movement spent much of his time in the summer in his Cotswolds home, Kelmscott Manor. The movement was created in the late 19th century to champion traditional, simple craftsmanship in contrast to the rapid industrialization of Britain and the move away from traditionalvalues and design.

The Cotswolds Distillery has been patiently filling small parcels of ‘specials’ over the years. These have included both European and American oak casks, seasoned with Sauternes, Pineau de Charente, Calvados, Rum, Port, Madeira, Banyuls, Vermouth and other interesting wines.

Tasting Notes:

Hearts & Crafts Single Malt Whisky is from a selection of five premium French Oak casks seasoned with sweet Sauternes wine, which results in a honey-coloured malt with a vinous quality and notes of sweet raisin and oak wood spice.

Nose: Raisin and malted biscuit, opening up to notes of peach and ripe pears.

Palate: Honey with fresh nectarine and a touch of lemon zest leading to creamy vanilla and warm oak wood spice.

Finish: A long finish with lingering spice and layers of light fruit.

Cotswolds Distillery prides itself on carefully sourcing ingredients:

Malt: Odyssey, grown on Cotswolds farms and floor-malted at Warminster Maltings

Yeast: two complementary varieties – Anchor and Fermentis – to ensure good yields and excellent fruity flavours

Water: village water supply – filtered, softened and demineralised before use

Wood: French Oak barriques seasoned with Sauternes wine

ABV: 55.2%
RRP: £74.95 for a 700 ml bottle
Available to purchase exclusively from The Cotswolds Distillery from 23rd April 2020

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