The Lakes Distillery launches first in single malt series

The Lakes Distillery has unveiled the first in a series of single malt whisky releases.

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 1 comprises 5,922 individually numbered bottles at cask strength (60.6% abv). It is a full-bodied expression, matured in PX and red wine casks, comprising American, Spanish and French oak.

The series will showcase the distillery’s house style, defined by its whiskymaker, Dhavali Gandhi.

He said: “Creating a new whisky requires a framework of sorts, but there must be room within it to play, to follow gut feeling and instinct.

“At The Lake, we respect the conventions of Scotch whisky heritage but are open to a world of other influences, interpreting what we believe is right to make The Lakes Single Malt one of the finest whiskies in the world.

“We don’t believe in taking the easy option if there’s another way to add a new dimension of flavour. For The Lakes, that means not only creating flavour in the new-make-spirit but also opening up more flavour possibilities throughout the journey through the entire whisky-making process.”

Nigel Mills, co-founder of The Lakes Distillery, said: “The idea of distilling being distinct individual elements is not how we look at the art. We see whisky-making as part of a continuum, a net of possibilities where everything is interlinked. Change one element and the effect will change everything else.

“That is why, unusually, Dhavali is actively involved at every stage of the process. From the choice of barley to the intricacy of bespoke cask production and selection, and knowing each cask intimately as it matures. It is holistic whisky-making.”

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No. 1 retails at £65 and can be bought from