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Our ethos is to inspire, challenge and innovate – three things we aspire to achieve throughout our organisation.  As well as delivering bespoke recruitment solutions through award-winning brands, we are passionate about inspiring and enabling future leaders.

ESS Holdings is an enabler of talent and operates a business incubator and start-up hub in Edinburgh, where a number of our companies have started out as spin-outs and grown to become successful brands in their own right with the help of our financial and business support.

To date, we have invested more than £70k in niche recruitment start-ups.  We also believe in talent retention and development and are committed to being a National Living Wage employer.


ESS Holdings Ltd. 38 Dean Park Mews, Edinburgh, EH4 1ED

0131 603 5800

Cotswolds - Outstanding Natural Spirits

The Cotswold Distilling Company was born out of a dream to produce ultra-premium small batch whisky and other spirits in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The only full-scale distillery operating within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cotswolds Distillery first opened its doors in July 2014 on a beautiful rural site in the North Cotswolds.

Production of its flagship Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky began shortly thereafter, and the distillery now produces a large range of "Outstanding Natural Spirits". It's Cotswolds Dry Gin has received numerous awards, including World's Best London Dry Gin at the 2016 World Gin Awards, Gold Medals in the San Francisco Spirits Competition two years in a row, and most recently, a Gold Outstanding at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).

The company's flagship Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was first released in October 2017 and has received "Liquid Gold Awards" from renowned whisky writer and critic Jim Murray for 3 years in a row.

The Cotswolds Distillery distributes its spirits across the region and through a number of national distribution networks, and also exports to over 30 countries. The distillery receives over 30,000 visitors per year, and is the #1-rated tourist attraction in the Cotswolds per TripAdvisor.

Our Range

Whisky: Whisky production is at the heart of everything we do at the distillery. Our Cotswolds Single Malt is a rich, fruity and sippable whisky. It has a balance and depth of flavour that belies its young age, due to the exceptional attention to detail in our distilling and our use of the finest oak casks for maturation.

We began laying down casks to mature in September 2014, and have filled a number of different types. These will be released in due course, allowing us to add a variety of different bottlings to our range as the years progress. Follow the link below for in-depth details of our Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky.

Gin: Distilled with nine carefully considered botanicals, the Cotswolds Dry Gin is a London Dry with an aromatic twist. We distil juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, local lavender, bay leaf, hand-peeled fresh lime and pink grapefruit zest, cardamom and black peppercorn in our copper pot still, resulting in a rich and robust, award-winning gin.

Produced in small batches, this is handmade gin with no corners cut.

Exclusives: Not often content with sitting still, we have also produced a range of small-batch spirits and liqueurs. Many of these are seasonal runs, available only in the distillery shop, but we have some longstanding favourites too.

What links these diverse products is our commitment to quality and the search for something deliciously different. Follow the link below to explore the full Cotswolds Distillery range.

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