Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery has launched its first ‘sherry finished’ release, Filey Bay Moscatel Finish.

Co-Founder of the North Yorkshire distillery, David Thompson, said: “We’re in strange times at the moment. We’ve been planning this release since autumn last year. We wanted to continue with the launch, but we’ve evolved our plan so that it’s available to pre-order now and will be delivered with free delivery to UK mainland, once it’s safe to do so.

“This field to bottle single malt was initially matured in 200L bourbon casks that were filled in 2016, before being transferred to 250L Hogshead barrels from Spain that had held Moscatel, a floral and aromatic naturally sweet sherry wine, for 10 years prior to this.

“The use of bourbon casks followed by Moscatel barrels to finish creates a really interesting flavourful whisky. It’s still light and soft like Filey Bay First and Second Releases, but with more layers of fruit and sweet spices.

“Whilst sherries like Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso are well known in single malt whisky maturation, Moscatel is much rarer and more unusual. Moscatel grapes are known for floral aromas of orange blossom, jasmine and honeysuckle as well as citric notes like lime and grapefruit. The grapes thrive in sandy soil and Moscatel vineyards are close to the beaches in the sherry region of Spain – making it a perfect match for our Filey Bay whisky, made here on the Yorkshire Coast.”

Spirit of Yorkshire’s whisky director, Joe Clark, said: “Filey Bay Moscatel Finish is soft, spicy and warming with notes of honeycomb, orange marmalade, dried fruits and cocoa. By using bourbon casks first and combining both our pot and column spirit styles, we created a light whisky in our house-style, which has then softened further and taken on more wood spice and layers of fruit from the Moscatel barrels.”

Filey Bay Moscatel Finish is limited to 6,000 70cl bottles and costs £60. It is available to pre-order from spiritofyorkshire.com and orders will be fulfilled when it is safe to do so.

Spirit of Yorkshire launched Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky, Filey Bay First Release in October 2019. It sold out within three months and Filey Bay Second Release was launched in January 2020.

Spirit of Yorkshire was launched in 2016 and is a collaboration between farmer and brewer, Tom Mellor from Wold Top Brewery and business partner, David Thompson.