The first ever blend of whiskies from around the British Isles 'The One' has been classified as one of the best blended whiskies in the world less than a year after launch.
The prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) revealed its 2014 winners awarding the blend, produced by The Lakes Distillery, the Silver Legend in the 'Worldwide Whisky' category.
The annual awards are an industry-noted mark of quality and excellence and are recognised worldwide. Spirits from nearly 90 countries are entered into the competition with only those of the highest quality receiving recognition. Entries are scored out of 100 and undergo a detailed level of scrutiny including technical and chemical analysis, blind tastings and colour.
Paul Currie, founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, said on the win: “The IWSC sets the international benchmark for quality and we are delighted that The One has been included. It combines the finest whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England, and is now listed alongside the wine and spirit world’s top brands, which is where we feel it deserves to be.”
The award comes weeks after The Lakes Distillery announced luxury retailer Harvey Nichols as its first UK-wide retailer of The ONE, which was launched in September 2013. Distribution deals have also been confirmed in The Netherlands, France, Belgium and The UAE, with Spain and Denmark to be announced by the end of the year and many more countries poised to come on board next year, including the USA.
Production is set to start this summer on The Lakes Distillery’s whisky, gin and vodka, while its bistro, tours and shop will open to the public by December 2014.