Weetwood is a multi-award-winning brewery and distillery based near Tarporley in the heart of Cheshire. The independent and family owned company was founded in 1992, producing beers which are enjoyed across the region.
Driven by a love for single malt and many years’ experience brewing ales with malted barley, the company began distilling on a 400 litre copper pot still in 2018. New make spirit was laid down to mature into what they believe is Cheshire’s first Single Malt Whisky.
Company Director Phil McLaughlin says “we wanted to challenge the belief that a good single malt needs to be produced in Scotland and requires 10 years’ aging. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that our whisky will stand comparison with an established line up of more illustrious names.”
Every aspect of the whisky production process, including mashing, fermenting, distilling, maturing and bottling, is done on their Cheshire site. They start with a tonne of English malted barley, mash this with soft Cheshire water, pitch yeast and slowly ferment. The result is 4,000 litres of ‘wash’ which is gently distilled to create a creamy, new make spirit. This is then laid down to mature in casks for at least 3 years. Cask choice is critical and Weetwood have chosen smaller, specially prepared American oak quarter casks and stored them in different environments at their rural site to enable aging by nature’s seasons.
Tasting notes of their brand new ‘The Cheshire’ Single Malt English Whisky include scents of vanilla and baked apple with a floral background of jasmine, lavender and orange blossom. For taste, you can expect a sweet, creamy malt with orchard fruits and toasted hazelnuts with lingering after notes of smouldering embers alongside caramelised pineapple.