Cotswolds Distillery Near Gloucestershire: A Visitor’s Guide
Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur, gin aficionado, or you simply want to sample some spirits and see how they’re made, a visit to the Cotswolds Distillery makes the perfect day out.
The distillery is dog-friendly, like The Beehive, so your pooch can join you during your Cotswolds staycation.
A great day out just 45 minutes (25 miles) drive from The Beehive
Cotswolds Distillery Tour And Tasting
If you’re curious about the distilling process for spirits and liqueurs, the Cotswolds Distillery Tour & Tasting will give you an in-depth knowledge as well as several tasters along the way!
The tour takes approximately 45 minutes in the Stourton distillery, taking place at set times each day of the week, with prices starting from £20 per person.
Why not treat yourself to a bottle of one of their award-winning spirits as a souvenir?
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Broadway Private Tasting*
The Broadway Private Tasting experience takes place at the Cotswold Distillery shop in Broadway*
The Broadway Private Tasting is for those who prefer a more intimate experience.
This is a 2 hour workshop which begins with a brief history about the Cotswold Distillery and an insight into the entire range of spirits that they produce.
You will learn about the ingredients used to create the spirits and the distillation processes that are used, before sampling 25ml of Cotswold Single Malt Whisky or Cotswold Dry Gin and 6 more spirits of your choice.
The Broadway Private Tasting Experience is for a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 8 guests.
Gin Blending Masterclass
A cloudy Cotswold G&T will be waiting for you on arrival, which ensures that your Gin Blending Masterclass gets off to a great start!
The host will provide a brief history of gin and how it is made, before you embark on a tour of the distillery and discover how Cotswold Dry Gin was developed.
You will then nose and taste a variety of botanicals that range from spicy to fruity, before mixing them to create your own unique gin!
You will then create a martini cocktail using the gin that you created and the rest will be bottled up in a presentation box for you to takeaway and enjoy at home. You will also be given a 200ml bottle of Cotswold Dry Gin as a parting gift!
Whisky Blending Masterclass
To ensure that your Whisky Blending Masterclass gets off to a great start, a highball whisky cocktail will be waiting for you on arrival!
The host will then give you a brief history of whisky and how it is made, before embarking on a tour of the distillery and learning about the importance of whisky maturation and the different types of barrels that need to be used to achieve different flavours.
After learning about the whisky making process, you be given an opportunity to nose whisky (including pointers on how to do it properly!) before smelling and tasting four cask strength samples that have been aged in different barrels. Once you’ve decided which flavour whisky you’d like to create, you will blend your own whisky using the different cask samples.
You will then create a whisky cocktail using the whisky that you created and the rest will be bottled up in a presentation box for you to takeaway and enjoy at home. You will also be given a 200ml bottle of Cotswold Single Malt Whisky as a parting gift!
A cloudy G&T will be waiting for you on arrival, before learning about the history of the Cotswold Distillery.
The resident mixologist will then show you how to make the perfect cloudy Martini, before you make your own unique cocktail.
You will have the opportunity to taste some distillery exclusive products, before mixing up another individual cocktail.
As a parting gift, everyone will receive a goody bag containing some special products from the Cotswold Distillery.
Directions to The Beehive from Cotswolds Distillery Visitor Centre
The Beehive is a traditional pub in Carterton, serving delicious seasonal dishes and exciting takes on pub classics, as well as award-winning Butcombe craft beer and cask ale.
To reach The Beehive from Cotswold Distillery Visitor Centre, you must head south east as you leave and continue for around 1 mile. Turn right and continue for 1.5 miles, right again for a further mile and then turn left onto Harrow Hill.
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Shipston Road (A3400) and continue for approximately 4 miles. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Banbury Road and then turn left onto Banbury Road Crossing. Turn left onto Albion Street and then, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Burford Road (A361). Continue for approximately 10 miles before taking the 1st exit at the roundabout onto High Street (A361).
At Burford Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto A40 and then turn right onto Shilton Road (B4020). Continue for around 3 miles onto Burford Road and go through one roundabout. Continue straight onto Black Bourton Road and continue through one roundabout and The Beehive will be on your right.