‘Really one of the most intriguing whisky experiences we've ever experienced’
‘It’s a joy to swirl around the mouth, something way underrated in a spirit.’
‘One of the most exciting drams to hit my tongue in a long time. Vibrant, complex, absolutely bursting with flavour.’
‘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.’
‘It is incredibly present for its tender age’
‘A lovely product and one which points to a very promising direction for the distillery.’
Our first cask-strength release, from Dan’s favourite casks.
Carefully sourced ingredients
Malt: Odyssey, grown on Cotswolds farms and floor-malted at Warminster Maltings.
Yeast: Two complementary varieties - Anchor and Fermentis - to ensure good yields and excellent fruity flavours.
Water: Village water supply - filtered, softened and demineralised before use.
Wood: Shaved, toasted and re-charred 225-litre American oak red wine barriques, made for us at the cooperage in Portugal in a process designed by the late Dr Jim Swan.
Nose: Dry hay and cut wood, with dark chocolate and dried figs, and plums in sweet syrup.
Palate: Warming cereal and toast notes, with lots of fresh red fruits and butterscotch.
Finish: Hints of spicy oak, lots of dried fruit and a lingering nutty, dry note.
The Founder’s Choice release begins with our new make spirit – creamy and incredibly fruity, thanks to the pair of yeasts, 90-hour fermentation and tight heart cut on the spirit still. We dilute to 63.5% ABV for casking, and then fill the American oak STR barriques.
These brilliant casks are designed to get the absolute best from the wood and provide the perfect conditions for maturing whisky. Dr Swan’s process opens up the wood, allowing for plenty of flavour and colour to be extracted. It also builds the perfect flavours in the oak – just enough influence from the original red wine, without overpowering the new make spirit, plenty of coconut and vanilla from the American oak, and deep toffee and caramel notes from the slow toasting and intense charring steps. It’s an extremely active maturation and gives a balance, depth of flavour and rich colour normally associated with much older whiskies.
The casks matured for just over three years before Dan selected the nine that would go into this first batch. The casks were then disgorged and bottled at natural cask strength, non-chill filtered and with no added colouring.
We don’t believe in rules when it comes to enjoying whisky – sip this neat, over ice, in a cocktail – however you like!