Lakes Distillery to launch annual single malt range
Cumbria’s The Lakes Distillery is set to release its inaugural English single malt range, comprised of four limited edition expressions released annually.
The Lakes Distillery has unveiled The Lakes Single Malt Quatrefoil Collection, which will be released over the next four years. The range will comprise four bottles: Faith, Hope, Luck and Love and will be the first single malts from the distillery available on general sale.
The range represents the “majestic location” of The Lakes Distillery, influenced “by people, a sense of place, and creative processes”.
The four-year set is limited to only 3,500 complete collections and is made with multi-oak maturation to “accentuate certain wood-derived flavours such as dried fruits, vanilla and spice”. Each expression has been matured initially in first-fill European oak oloroso casks and then in American oak PX casks.
The first release, Faith (56.5%), will be launched in September 2018. The following expressions Hope, Luck, and Love will be released in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Furthermore, The Lakes Distillery will offer collectors the chance to purchase one of only 99 bottles of The Lakes Genesis – the first single malt whisky from The Lakes Distillery Company. Bottled at cask strength, the expression will be available for an 11-day period from 29 June to 10 July 2018.
The whisky was first matured in oloroso hogsheads, giving it a “vibrant character full of dried ginger and wood-spice”, according to master distiller Dhavall Ghandhi. After the initial period of maturation, the whisky was finished in casks made up of American and European oak. It is then married together in orange wine casks from Andalucía, Spain, giving it a “spicy and chocolate-orange character”.
All four bottles in The Lakes Single Malt Quatrefoil Collection are available for pre-order on The Lakes Distillery website for an RRP of £895.00 (US$1,199.00) for the complete set.