Lakes launches new Scotch-English whisky blend

Cumbrian spirits producer The Lakes Distillery is showcasing “the role of casks in flavour creation” with the launch of The One Signature Blend, which contains a combination of Scotch and English whisky.

The blended whisky comprises single malt from The Lakes Distillery “at its heart”, as well as Scotch grain and malt whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay.

Casks used for the blend include  first-fill Sherry, refill Sherry, Bourbon and red wine casks.

“Singular by name and nature, each new expression in The One collection showcases the different flavours derived from our oak casks,” said Dhavall Gandhi, whisky maker at The Lakes Distillery.

“At The Lakes, we use bespoke oak casks seasoned with oloroso Sherry, as well as the sweeter styles of PX and cream and the drier fino. Others once held tawny and ruby Port, and orange and red wine, creating yet more flavour options.

“By knowing each cask intimately, and how the flavours are evolving, we are creating a collection of fine blended whiskies which bring to light the impact of oak on whisky flavour.”

The One Signature Blend joins The One Sherry Expression and The One Port Cask Finish in the range. It is said to have a flavour of stone fruit, treacle, light spice and honey-roasted nuts. It has been bottled at an ABV of 46.6% and carries an RRP of £39 (US$48).

Last month, The Lakes Distillery launched a new range of limited edition single malts that showcase its “Sherry-led” house style, starting with The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1.

The distillery’s Steel Bonnets expression is also a blend of English and Scottish whiskies.

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