Thursday, July 12, 2018


The first bottle of single malt whisky, from the Cumbria based Lakes Distillery, has sold at auction for £7,900.

The Lakes Distillery auctioned off its first 99 bottles of single malt whisky ‘Genesis’, with bottle number one breaking the world record for the most expensive whisky from a new distillery, and the most expensive bottle of English whisky sold at auction.

Lakes Distillery CEO: Nigel Mills, Founder: Paul Currie and Whiskymaker David Gandhi

The whisky which was auctioned off on the website, was first matured in Oloroso hogsheads, before being finished in casks made-up of American and European oak, then married together in Orange wine casks from the Andalucía region of Spain.

Commenting on the news, Dhavall Gandhi, Whiskymaker at The Lakes Distillery, said: “We don’t just bottle our whisky because it is three years old; instead, I look at each cask to assess them individually until I find the right flavour profile. We have reached a peak for some casks and that is why we released a limited number. It’s an amazing feeling that people are finally recognising whisky as art. People have a lot of faith in what we are doing and it’s amazing to see the prices showing that faith.”

The Lakes Distillery ‘Genesis’, which takes its name from the Greek word for origin, was sold at cask strength in a bespoke rosewood presentation box, each individually numbered and hand signed by Whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi.

Posted by Steve Rush