Distillery: Lakes Distillery
Age: 1 year
Cask: First-Fill Bourbon (Heaven Hill)
Cask Number: 2015/#23
Now this is a proper treat – a preview taster of the Lakes Distillery’s malt spirit after a year or so in the barrel!
Founded by Paul Currie (who also co-founded the Isle of Arran distillery) the Lakes Distillery at Bassenthwaite first ran spirit off their stills in late 2014 to much local fanfare.
Let’s see how it’s coming on…
Colour: White wine
Nose: Delicate and floral with apple blossom and sweet hay. Soft, creamy egg custard and sliced banana. A whiff of salty lime skin. With water it opens up with: poached pear, choux pastry, hazelnuts and sultanas. After some time, mineral rich white wine akin to Chablis.
Palate: Perfectly drinkable at cask strength. Very creamy with old fashioned barley sugar boiled sweets. With water, apple and pear flesh – very clean and light – then a rising menthol spice with bitter grapefruit.
Finish: Creamy oak, more hazelnuts, and a touch of white chocolate.
This is a really fabulous spirit. It has a lot of unsherried Speyside character to it: floral, clean, and creamy. At only a year old, this bodes very well for older expressions.
If you’re planning a holiday to the lakes (or just fancy a detour from the monotony of the M6) then it’s well worth a visit.
Thanks very much to John Drake for the sample.