The Lake District is known to be a place where the imagination can flourish and set against the backdrop of the beautiful Cumbrian hillside; you’ll find one of the country’s largest, award-winning artisan whisky producers.
The Lakes Distillery, established in 2011, is nestled to the north of Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick. It’s home to some of the finest English whisky around and production is overseen by whisky maker Dhavall Gandhi, who worked tirelessly to create the Lakes first single malt whisky, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1. They practise holistic whisky making, with the whisky maker at the helm throughout each journey, his single-minded focus at every stage provides continuity and consistency of character.
With only 5,922 bottles in production the whisky embodies a new dimension of flavour. The nose is rich and vibrant with flavours of vanilla, chocolate and wood spice and layers of dry fruits, ginger and orange on the palate to create a long, warming finish. “My sole intent is to make a whisky which expresses The Lakes through flavour” says Dhavall.
“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.”
The Lake Distillery also produce a collection of exceptional handmade gin’s and vodka, distilled using traditional copper pots, British wheat and water from the Lake District National Park.
“Savour a long, slow sip of Lakes Distillery gin or vodka and you’ll taste a bit of the Lake District itself. They are deeply connected to the land and waters that surround them and we actually distil lake waters to create our spirits.”
So, whatever your tipple, make it a Lakes one.