Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker’s Editions: Colheita

Distillery: Lakes Distillery
Bottled: 2020
Age: NAS
ABV: 52%
Bottles: 5400
Cask: Ex-bourbon & Colheita Port Casks
More Info: WhiskyBase

Ooh hello, a new release from our friends at Bassenthwaite – it’s a port cask matured whisky from the Lakes Distillery.

Notes from the distillery team:

A diversion from their sherry-led house style, The Whiskymaker’s Editions Colheita is the first in a series of special-edition single malt whiskies from The Lakes Distillery which showcase whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi’s sense of adventure in maturation and blending.

In Portuguese, Colheita means “harvest” and in this case, is a supreme and exceptionally rare expression of aged Tawny Port made exclusively of grapes from a single vintage.

I do enjoy a good port cask finish! You tend to get a lovely range of tasty red fruit flavours. The balance can be a little tricky to get right as port pipes can impart a very spicy character to a whisky.

Let’s see how it goes down!

Nose: Foam strawberries, marshmallows, clean laundry, pickles, and cracked black pepper.

Palate: Kirsch, summer fruits & cream, baking spices, and cinnamon. Quite robust!

Finish: Peppery and long with creamy oak and a touch of red fruit.

Oof! Spicy!

As I feared, the port cask dominates the palate and the tannins from the wood rather obscure the underlying character of the spirit. The result, in my opinion, is a whisky that’s a little too bitter and lacking in dimension.

Port cask finishes need a robust spirit to stand up to them, and I reckon the Lakes Distillery distillate is a little too gentle to have a fighting chance. Perhaps a second fill cask or shorter finishing period next time?

Overall, I’d rate this a 6/10.

I have to say though, I really love the nose on this with those sweet-shop aromas of foamy sweets and fair play to Dhavall for experimenting with the spirit and seeing what it can do in interesting casks.

I’m very keen to see what’s next in this series of Whiskymaker’s Editions. Maybe a Madeira finish? Or a Sauternes?? 😁🙏

You can pick up a bottle of this from today for £65 directly from