Cotswolds 1616 Barrel Aged Gin, created to honour bard Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, is a malty treat with a hint of baked spice.
Shakespeare was popularly believed to be a person who enjoyed a tipple! In his day most Jenever was made in in The Netherlands (gin came later and is based on Jenever). This is a malt based spirit that’s redistilled and flavoured with botanicals, primarily juniper - jenever in Dutch, hence the name. Since Cotswolds make beautiful malt spirit for their whisky they tried their hands on an old-fashioned Jenever recipe, in honour of their famous 17th century neighbour! Cotswolds malt whisky spirit is redistilled in a bespoke Holstein pot still, combined with botanicals including juniper, coriander, cassia, nutmeg and orange peel. This unique gin is then barrel aged in specially toasted and recharred wine casks, where it mellows and develops notes of wood and fruit.
Cotswolds 1616 Barrel Aged Gin opens with aromas of spiced dark fruit with a hint of citrus peel and vanilla on the nose. The citrus develops on the palate where it is joined by base notes of malt, chocolate and a touch of oak. The long finish is crisp with complex notes of baked spice and peppery menthol. Best served neat or over ice, it’s also a tasty treat with ginger beer or your favourite mixer.