About Cotswolds Dry Gin
The Cotswolds Distillery is the brainchild of Dan Szor, a native New Yorker whose 30-year career in finance took him and his family to London, where they’d often escape the stress of city living by spending weekends in England’s Cotswolds. Classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the British government, the Cotswolds have been designated for conservation due to their significant landscape value, and it’s easy to see why Dan was so quickly enamored with the rolling hills and honey-colored cottages of the region.
While living in England, Dan’s deep-rooted passion for whisky led him on annual pilgrimages to Islay, where he fervently explored the various single malt Scotch distilleries. One day, back in the Cotswolds, Dan was staring out of a window at a neighboring barley field when he suddenly had an "aha" moment — barley was growing all over the Cotswolds, yet no one was distilling it. Dan decided to be the first, and within just a few years he had snapped up an old barn conversion, commissioned several custom stills and begun distilling the region’s very first artisanal spirits at the Cotswolds Distillery.
Cotswolds Dry Gin is made from wheat base which is steeped with macerated juniper, coriander and angelica root for 12 hours before a second, unique botanical mix is added. In addition to bay leaf, cardamom seed, lime, grapefruit and black pepper, this second botanical mix also contains locally-sourced Cotswolds lavender, which lends a signature and delicate taste to the spirit. Once the wheat base has been fully infused with both sets of botanicals, everything is distilled through a tailor-made, 500-litre hybrid still crafted by the experts at Arnold Holstein in Germany.
As a result, Cotswolds Dry Gin is a classically balanced gin with prominent notes of juniper and crisp citrus on the nose. The palate is citrus-forward with additional notes of earthy spice, and leads to a clean and delicate finish that allows the Cotswolds lavender to shine. The botanicals and oils suspended in the spirits create a distinctive cloudiness when ice or a mixer is added to the gin.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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