Cotswolds releases Lord Mayor’s Reserve for charity

Feb 21, 2019by Melita Kiely

English whisky producer the Cotswolds Distillery has released a single malt created from casks owned by the Lord Mayor of London, with proceeds to be donated to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charity.

Created in homage to the 691st Lord Mayor, Peter Estlin, the limited edition Cotswolds Distillery Lord Mayor’s Reserve single malt whisky is a blend of first-fill Bourbon and red wine casks from the Lord Mayor’s private reserve, and Pedro Ximénez cask-aged single malt whisky. Estlin is part owner of The Cotswolds Distillery. The three casks were blended together in “roughly equal measures” and then placed into another cask for an extra month. The expression has been bottled at 46% abv without chill filtration or caramel colouring. Priced at RRP £64.95 (US$85), The Cotswolds Distillery Lord Mayor’s Reserve is available to purchase exclusively from the Cotswolds Distillery website. Daniel Szor, founder of the Cotswolds Distillery, said: “We’re really proud to make such a fine whisky for such a worthy cause on behalf of a prestigious distillery family member. “We began making this release the same way as our flagship single malt but have been able to experiment and create a distinctive blend that we hope will help the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.” The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is a charity that aims to make London a more inclusive city. In December last year, the Cotswolds Distillery released a cask strength single malt expression, called The Founder’s Choice. The distillery launched its first whisky in October 2017.