The Cotswold Distilling Company will produce spirit for ageing into an ultra-premium small-batch single malt whisky for release in 2017 as well as a blended whisky.
Production is predicted to be more than 10,000 bottles of whisky per month, sourcing ingredients from organic farms in the Cotswolds to emphasise the region’s terroir.
It will also begin production this summer of the new Cotswolds Dry Gin, using local botanicals, and will also produce a range of brandies and liqueurs using berries and other fruits grown locally.
There are also plans for a rye whisky, called Traitor’s Rye Ford, named after a nearby place that was a site of rebellion during the English Civil War.
The distillery has been established on the outskirts of Stourton in Warwickshire by businessman Daniel Szor. He has brought in Scottish master distiller Harry Cockburn and wood and ageing consultant Jim Swan.
Daniel said: “We are excited to be creating an adventurous new landmark for the region and for English whisky. Behind our vision of establishing a distillery of worldwide renown, there is long-term investment and a considerable commitment of skills and resources.
“We intend all our products to be worthy ambassadors for the region and certainly aim to produce a flagship single malt that is characteristic of the region’s heritage, and every bit as good and intriguing as whisky neighbours to the north.”
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