Monday, June 15, 2020


The Lakes Distillery, has announced the launch of the third bottling in its Whiskymaker’s Reserve series, of English single malt whiskies.

The Lakes Distillery - The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3 (54% ABV) has been matured in a combination of Pedro Ximénez, Oloroso, cream sherry and red wine casks.

The Lakes Distillery - The Whiskymaker's Reserve No.3

This latest release from the Cumbria based distillery, is said to appeal to those who appreciate the complexity of a multi-layered approach to flavour creation; an artistic exploration of whisky maturation and blending, and an evolution in the journey to define a sherry-led house style for The Lakes single malt.

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3, follows two sold-out releases; the first a vibrant, robust and cask strength introduction to The Lakes Single Malt, with number two offering a much more elegant and refined character.

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3, is said to boast an aromatic and seductive influence, the nose is rich and fragrant, scented with incense, spiced chocolate and toffee. With accompanying flavours of honey, figs, and wood spice on the palate, it leaves a long, warm and lingering finish.

Commenting on the news, Dhavall Gandhi, Whiskymaker at The Lakes Distillery, said: “To create our sherry-led house style we use a variety of sherry casks, with a significant proportion being first-fill. The spectrum of flavours achieved through the use of these casks is layered through blending to create the depth and complexity associated with The Whiskymaker’s Reserve. Each expression is then married over twelve months, allowing the flavours to gently integrate and develop."

He went onto say: “In the case of Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3, I have used Oloroso, Cream and PX casks in combination with a small number of red wine casks, to contrast some of the dried-fruit characters and create the aromatic top-note and seductive texture."

He concluded by saying: "Whiskymaking is an additive process. You add, create, and control the flavours at every small step, and, at The Lakes, I am fortunate to have a complete overview of the end-to-end whiskymaking process. From start to finish, my approach is much more holistic, meaning I can nurture and develop the flavours that are created in the early stages until the very end. This is what sets our whisky apart.”

Limited to 9,700 bottles, The Lakes Distillery - The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3, is now available from the Lakes Distillery online shop, for a RRP of £65.00.

Posted by Steve Rush