Friday, January 17, 2020


The Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, has announced the launch of its second single malt whisky release.

Filey Bay Second Release (46% ABV) has been produced by marrying together a selection of bourbon casks together with one sherry cask.
Filey Bay Second Release

Filey Bay Second Release, which is the next step of the Hunmanby based distillery's journey to its flagship single malt, is said to deliver notes of citrus, vanilla ice cream, caramel, biscuit and honey.

Commenting on the launch, Joe Clark, Spirit of Yorkshire's Whisky Director, said: "It was great to spend the time in the warehouse and discover how well our spirit is maturing. It means that we've been able to launch our Second Release a little earlier than planned, which was fortunate as our First Release has sold quicker than expected!”

He went onto say: “Filey Bay Second Release is a true evolution of our First Release. The 'inputs' are very similar, leading to a house style that is light and fruity - this is something that we've worked hard and purposefully to create. The difference comes from that extra maturation time. There's a little more depth to this Second Release and for me that not only makes it a delicious whisky, but it's also an incredibly exciting indicator as to what's to come in the warehouse." 

Limited to 6,000 bottles, Filey Bay Second Release, is now available directly from the distillery and specialist retailers, for a RRP of £55.00.

Posted by Steve Rush

Thursday, January 16, 2020


The Tomatin Distillery, has announced the launch of the latest expression in its limited-edition Warehouse 6 Collection.

Tomatin Warehouse 6 Collection: The 1977 (49% ABV) is a single malt Scotch whisky, which is the distillery’s first to be matured in a French Sauternes wine hogshead.

Tomatin Warehouse 6 Collection: The 1977

This latest release which was distilled on September 23rd 1977, follows on from its 1971, 1972 and 1975 Warehouse 6 Collection bottlings, and has spent its life maturing in Warehouse 6; a traditional dunnage style warehouse, under the watchful eye of several generations of the distillery workers.

The Sauternes cask, is said to have influenced the whisky over time, resulting in a luxurious fruit led expression, that dances across the palate for a gloriously long finish.

Commenting on the launch, Graham Eunson, Distillery Operations Director at Tomatin, said: “Of the thousands of casks held at Tomatin, we’ve only ever acquired a handful of Sauternes wine casks. Using any one of them, even for one of our oldest and most valuable whiskies wasn’t a decision we made lightly; we knew from the start that it could be difficult to impart the flavours of the wine cask to the whisky without overwhelming it. Despite the immense challenge, I’m pleased to say that our team has produced a truly exceptional whisky that includes notes of apricot, peach, sweet honeysuckle and spice, all enticed from the Sauternes cask’s influence.”

Limited to 390 bottles, Tomatin Warehouse 6 Collection: The 1977, will be available later this month from selected specialist retailers, for a RRP of £3000.00.

Posted by Steve Rush

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


The Lakes Distillery, has today announced that it plans to fast-track its growth plans, following a £4.25m investment in the business.

The Cumbria based distillery, has secured the funding from Comhar Capital, an investment company focused upon providing capital to businesses run by forward-thinking, growth-orientated owner-managers.

The Lakes Distillery to fast-track growth plans following new investment

The new investment will help to sustain the Lakes Distillery’s ongoing program of capital investment, which will this year see single malt whisky production treble to inexcess of one million bottles.

Commenting on the news, Nigel Mills CBE, Co-Founder and CEO of The Lakes Distillery, said: “Our vision is to create a global luxury single malt whisky brand. It’s an ambitious goal and one which means quality is at the heart of everything we do. A sentiment very much shared by Comhar.”

Plans also include the installation of eight new washbacks to facilitate 24-hour distillation, construction of a new racked warehouse, and support to increase sales in the UK, Europe, Asia and the US.

Posted by Steve Rush