The Cotswolds Distillery is excited to announce a significant expansion in the production of its award-winning single malt whisky at its site near Shipston on Stour in the North Cotswolds.
The expansion, which includes a new dedicated distillery for its whisky, will see The Cotswolds Distillery become the largest producer of English whisky at an eventual 500,000 litres of pure alcohol per year. The distillery will be commissioned over the Summer of 2022.
Due to significant growth in the off-trade, key international markets and online sales via e-commerce, The Cotswolds Distillery achieved sales growth of 30% in volume and 35% in value in 2021 versus 2020. Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky grew 122% in the off-trade year on year.
Founder, Daniel Szor, says: “Since the launch of Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky in 2017, its spectacular growth in popularity has proven its ability to drive our premium brand both nationally and across key international markets.
“The long-term nature of whisky production, combined with our ambition to remain at the forefront of the fast-growing English whisky movement for years to come, is behind our decision to significantly upscale our whisky production.
The priority for this ambitious expansion is retaining our signature quality and deliciousness and continuing to highlight our beautiful Cotswold homeland.”
As part of the expansion, the Cotswolds Distillery has appointed Lynsey Eades as International Sales and Global Travel Retail Director. Lynsey has previously worked at Mars, Remy Cointreau, Valrhona and Godiva and will help spearhead growth in international and GTR.
Expansion in The Cotswolds Distillery’s core markets, which include the US, France and Germany, is being led by Daniel Szor and his senior distillery team.
They are being advised by Non-Executive Directors and whisky industry veterans, including Ken Grier, who helped transform The Macallan into a global luxury brand and Richard Watling, former director of Scotch whisky at Diageo.