Meet Batch 2 of the Costwolds Distillry's red wine oak influenced, cask strength single malt. Batch 1 certainly set the scence for quite some excitment amongst the malt tasting fraternity, so a chance to get hold of Batch 2 could not be missed. And the result? How about this for a start, "Awarded 'Best English Single Malt' at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.
From The Drample, "Cotswold’s first encore performance proves that sometimes sequels can surpass originals. Founder’s Choice might not have the most original of names, but its contents loudly state that if you weren’t watching the Sourton-based distillery you certainly should be now. There’s incredibly vibrancy here – big punchy flavours, expressive fruitiness, and perhaps most impressively, a sense of depth that other 3 year old whiskies just generally aren’t delivering. Whilst this is totally drinkable at its natural cask strength, it also shines with various levels of dilution – nuances added at each stage, but always with a pleasing underpinning of maltiness. Second time’s a charm. Score: 86/100"