Cotswolds Single cask #205 Distillery Handfill 60.5% ABV.

cotswolds handfill cask #205
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A sample was very kindly sent out to me by Toby – @WhiskyShared, the bottle image is also courtesy of Toby, links to him on Twitter as well as his Youtube channel can be found at the bottom of this review.


Appearance

Heading towards mid gold with an orange hue, a lovely thick swirl line, and an all over film and thick wavy legs. #TheWhiskeyChaps

Nose

Yes, high ABV lol, but again not face slapping. Rum flavoured toffees, wood varnish, dry cut grass, there’s almost a molasses aroma here, herbal menthol infusion, guava, leaning towards chocolate for me tbh. There is a sweetness coming through too now, cream soda, so nice. #TheWhiskeyChaps

Palate

First off nice mouthfeel, and for a 6yr old it has so much flavour. That rum and raisin thing, molasses, butterscotch, rum toffees, black liquorice, cigar leaves, black coffee, black Jack sweets. #TheWhiskeyChaps

Finish

Calming down with more sweetness coming through for me, sweetened black coffee, something I can’t put a name too also, cough syrup, black pepper, finishes on a real sweet/spicy high, a cracking dram all round tbh. #TheWhiskeyChaps

My thoughts

This dram has so much going on it’s difficult to accept that it’s only 6 years old, but it is. The cask must have been a very good one, what it’s imparted to the New make spirit is simply wonderful, Toby bought this bottle without trying it, he picked a real winner in my humble opinion. The three of us thought it was delicious, a fitting finish to the Cotswold whisky tasting it was a part of.


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