Whisky, Gin, Vodka. The Lakes Distillery

‘The nature of our art is whisky, the inspiration of our art is nature’. So says The Lakes Distillery which in the five or so years it has been open has certainly made a name for itself in the worlds of whisky, gin and vodka.

Located at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake and beside the River Derwent from which it draws its water, the distillery is located in the renovated buildings of a former Victorian model farm and is one of a small number of whisky distilleries in England.

Although The Lakes Gin received a gold award at the World Gin Awards 2019 and The Lakes Vodka was named World’s Best Vodka 2019 at the World Vodka Awards, it is the whisky here which is the core of the business.

Two things stand out about its production. ‘The distillery’s fermentation process is pushed up to 96 hours, twice the industry average, to create the desired complexity and depth of flavour,’ says the distillery. And 80%-90% of the spirit is put into different types of ex-sherry cask, made from Spanish, American and French oak.

Head for the distillery store and you’ll find the full product range. That includes The Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker’s Reserve; a blend of English and Scotch malt whisky called Steel Bonnets; a blend of The Lakes Single Malt and Scotch grain and malt whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay called The One Signature Blend (launched autumn 2019) and four bottles - named Faith, Hope, Luck and Love - which make up The Lakes Single Malt Quatrefoil Collection. 

Each of the four bottles is seasoned with a different sherry, using different oaks to demonstrate a full spectrum of flavours. The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Vodka, gin and vodka liqueurs and gifts such as mugs, tumblers, jugs, tea towels, books, branded baseball caps and the like are also sold.

The distillery was Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019 at Whisky Magazine Icons of Whisky Awards.

The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick CA13 9SJ: 017687 88850, www.lakesdistillery.com

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