LM: Can customers still buy spirits from elsewhere, as the distillery is shut until the foreseeable future?
DC: Yes our customers are still able to buy their Cotswolds Distillery favourites from Waitrose, Amazon, Laithwaites, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason, and of course, online at cotswoldsdistillery.com. There is currently free delivery for orders over the value of £25 (normally over £75).
LM: You did try Thirst Aid for a while before it ceased. What exactly was this?
DC: Thirst Aid was a free delivery initiative to keep our customers stocked whilst self-isolating. The team used the Cotswolds Distillery Land Rover to hand-deliver Cotswolds Dry Gin and Single Malt Whisky to local customers within a 20-mile radius. We originally positioned Thirst Aid for Mother’s Day to help deliver Cotswolds Distillery goodies to our customers who sadly couldn’t be with their mothers and families due to COVID-19.
LM: What is the distillery doing to keep people’s spirits up on social media?
DC: We have a real mix of things planned, from showing people how to make fabulous cocktails online, with ingredients they have at home, to our monthly music events which we are now hosting online via Facebook Live. We have aptly renamed these to “Cotswolds Distillery Sessions – Virtually Live”. Our Head of Mixology, Ollie Morris, has also created some educational videos for social media to help tell people about our products and also provide some cocktail recipes and helpful mixology tips for anyone looking for inspiration.
The Cotswolds Distillery – Where and How?
The Cotswolds Distillery is located at Phillip’s Field, Whichford Road, Stourton, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire CV36 5EX. For more information on the Cotswolds Distillery, call 01608 238 533 or visit www.cotswoldsdistillery.com.
Some gin and whisky masterclasses offered by The Cotswolds Distillery are as follows:
The Gin Blending Masterclass – The Cotswolds Distillery, Stourton
Over three hours, guests will discover how the Cotswolds Distillery makes their award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin. They will then have a chance to blend their own gin and create their own perfect serve. The class costs £100 per person.
Gin Blending Masterclasses at the shop in Broadway
The Cotswolds Gin Masterclass at the shop in Broadway can accommodate up to six guests, so is more of an intimate affair. Participants get to try their hand at crafting their own gin and Martini. The class costs £100 per person.
Whisky Blending Masterclass – The Cotswolds Distillery, Stourton
This is run at the distillery where guests enjoy a tour and learn all about what makes their award-winning whiskies so special. They then get the chance to blend their own whisky. Participants will also take this home along with a 20cl bottle of the flagship Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. The class costs £100 per person.
Distillery Tour and Tasting – The Cotswolds Distillery, Stourton
We also have a Tour and Tasting experience for guests. This begins with a short video which highlights the Cotswolds Distillery story and traditional production methods. Guests are then taken around the distillery’s production areas, and warehouses and are given a talk about the crafting of the award-winning spirits. It ends in the stylish tasting room where guests get to sample the range of spirits and liqueurs. This tour lasts about an hour and a half and costs £15 per person.