The Company received the warmest of welcomes of Liveryman Daniel Szor, his wife Katia and all their team at the wonderful Cotswolds Distillery on Saturday 26th March.
Our visit comprised of a tour, tasting and convivial lunch, culminating in a donation of a bottle of their Founders Reserve to my Masters Case for the 350, which will be auctioned in November, featuring all the bottles that have kindly been donated from each of my 12 visits this year.
We congratulate Alice Pearson of Cotswolds Distillery, who is currently responsible for new product development and cask selection of whisky for maturing, vatting and bottling of premium special releases.
We are proud to support Alice with a bursary to undertake a three year course for the Diploma in Distilling at the Institute of Brewing in line with our strategic approach to support vocational training and for talented individuals to help grow their potential and fulfil ambition.
We’re delighted to share the photos and report from the day and thank you to Upper Warden, Chris Searle for deputising for me on the day.
Finally, a short film from me, updating you on the great progress and funds raised so far for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and how The Distillers can continue to donate more urgent and much-needed support to the people fleeing from the war in Ukraine via our website www.distillers.org.uk
Thank You and best wishes
Sadly through injury Chris Porter our Master was unable to attend on this occasion, however the occasion was led by Upper Warden Chris Searle and supported by Middle Warden Lorne Mackillop.
The occasion started with an excellent and very convivial dinner at Feldon Lodges the night before hosted by the Upper Warden and attended by a further 6 liverymen together with wives and partners in most instances.
The following morning dawned very bright and sunny and we then proceeded to The Cotswold Distillery site in Stourton .Where we were joined by liveryman John Barrett and past master Charles Maxwell and respective family members.
Dan Szor and Katia Cirkurel were our hosts for the day and gave us an extremely comprehensive tour of the distillery, the labs, bottling facility and warehouse talked about the development to date and future plans, including a visit to the new distillery which will increase the capacity enormously from around August this year.
This was followed by a tasting of 6 of the company’s finest single malts and lunch at which Chris Searle thanked Dan and Katia for such a memorable visit.
Finally Dan and Katia presented the upper warden with a bottle of The Cotswolds Distillery Founder’s Choice which will go towards the Master’s 350th Appeal.
It is very clear that the success of this company, founded in 2014 owes much to the shear enthusiasm and commitment of Dan and Katia but also the team who work with them and we all look forward to seeing the company go from strength to strength.
Our thanks go to all at The Cotswolds Distillery, particularly Dan and Katia , this was a great day for the Worshipful Company, which will be remembered for many years to come.Chris Nadin