Inspired by his ancestors, Cotswold Green founder, James Maycock, explains why he created the Cotswolds’ very own non-alcoholic botanical spirit...
WHO IS BEHIND COTSWOLD GREEN?
I started the brand as a nod to W.C. Fowler, the wine and spirit merchants that has been in my family since the mid 1800s. My grandfather took over the company in 1953 and then it was run by my father and uncle. That’s where my inspiration came from. It’s undergone many changes and I decided to resurrect it with Cotswold Green No. 1.
HOW DID COTSWOLD GREEN COME ABOUT?
Some years ago I was diagnosed with arthritis. The medication I am on affects the liver so I was advised by health professionals to be mindful about consuming alcohol. That coincided with the time I first saw the non-alcoholic botanical drink Seedlip. I tried some and thought it was ok but I could do better. So I bought a copper still and started distilling botanicals and blending them together until I got to the point of Cotswold Green No.1.
TELL US ABOUT THE PRODUCT?
It’s similar in profile to a gin – citrusy to start with and heavy on the juniper, with a slight background spice to it from the cardamom and coriander. It also gives you a clean experience – the key thing for our product is that it’s transparent and natural. That means there are no added sugars, sweeteners or additives.
THERE SEEMS TO BE A GROWING TREND FOR NON ALCOHOLIC BOTANICAL DRINKS – IS THIS YOUR EXPERIENCE AND WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS?
There is a significant growth in the non alcoholic drinks market. I think it stems from the younger generation who don’t go out and drink as my generation did! And when they go out they want something different to a carbonated drink or fruit juice. There’s also a trend for wellbeing and mindfulness in what people consume.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY COTSWOLD GREEN?
I would encourage people to experiment. My preference is to keep it simple with a decent tonic such as Fever Tree, over ice, with a slice of cucumber or pink grapefruit, but others may prefer it with a bitter lemon or ginger beer. My 15-year-old daughter drinks it with a bitter chocolate tonic and a slice of orange and calls it a Cotswolds Chocolate Orange!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR COTSWOLD GREEN?
We are working on some very exciting, innovative new products – keep an eye out in the New Year for more!
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