Construction work on a new distillery in England is underway with plans to release its first single malt whisky by 2017. 

The Cotswolds Distillery, on the outskirts of the village of Stourton, Oxfordshire, will also produce an English rye whisky, a dry gin and “a range of other artisanal spirits”. The facility, in five acres of rural farmland, will be England's fifth distillery. 

The “first limited-edition” of 5,000 bottles of ‘single estate’ Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky is being made available for pre-sale at the end of this month. 

The project is the brainchild of American businessman Daniel Szor, who previously spent 30 years in foreign exchange and investment management. 

“Behind our vision of establishing a distillery of worldwide renown, there is long-term investment and a considerable commitment of skills and resources,” said Szor.

“We intend all our products to be worthy ambassadors for the region and certainly aim to produce a flagship single malt that is characteristic of the region's heritage, and every bit as good and intriguing as whisky neighbours to the north."