The Lakes Distillery has unveiled the first in a series of widely available single malt whisky releases that will showcase the character of their malt, as created by whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi.
The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 1 is an exploration of maturation and blending and defines the distillery’s sherry-led house style.
Bottled at 60.6% abv, this is a full-bodied dram, matured in Pedro Ximenez and Red Wine casks, made of American, Spanish and French Oak. Non-chill filtered and bottled at natural colour, there will be 5,922 individually numbered bottles available.
Whiskymaker Gandhi had this to say: “Creating a new whisky requires a framework of sorts, but there must be room within it to play, to follow gut feeling and instinct.
“At The Lakes, we respect the conventions of Scotch whisky heritage but are open to a world of other influences, interpreting what we believe is right to make The Lakes Single Malt one of the finest whiskies in the world.
“We don’t believe in taking the easy option if there’s another way to add a new dimension of flavour. For The Lakes, that means not only creating flavour in the new-make-spirit but also opening up more flavour possibilities throughout the journey through the entire whisky-making process.”
Nigel Mills, co-founder of the distillery added: “The idea of distilling being distinct individual elements is not how we look at the art. We see whisky-making as part of a continuum, a net of possibilities where everything is interlinked. Change one element and the effect will change everything else.
“That is why, unusually, Dhavall is actively involved at every stage of the process. From the choice of barley to the intricacy of bespoke cask production and selection, and knowing each cask intimately as it matures. It’s holistic whisky-making.”
Launched on September 7th, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 1 retails at £65 and can be bought from www.LakesDistillery.com
You can read about my own visit to the Lakes Distillery here.