We’re particularly excited about the plans for the first distillery to be built in the Lake District for over 100 years. So excited in fact that we couldn’t even wait for it to be built and have already visited the site and had a chat with the lovely managing director Paul Currie. You can read about that trip here.
A lot has happened since we last visited the distillery; and that includes the launch of a brand new blended whisky that we’ll discuss shortly. Renovation work is starting this month with production scheduled to begin in Spring 2014. Following this the Lakes Gin will be released (we cannot wait to try this!) and the distillery will accept visitors to its visitor centre, shop, bistro and bar from the summer. All in all its exciting times up at Bassenthwaite and we’re looking forward to getting back up there to check on progress!
With production not beginning until next year we were surprised to see a whisky being launched by the Lakes Distillery in Autumn 2013. It was however a lovely surprise, unlike the horror of opening a Christmas gift to discover that yet again your clever relative managed to stuff some socks into a particularly rare and sadly empty malt bottle. This whisky is a blend created from whiskies from around the British Isles. There is no information as to the constituent parts but we could take some educated guesses on some components based upon their geography! It would be remiss not to mention the bottle itself – the design is simple and gorgeous and based on looks alone would grace any decent whisky shelf. However, what we’re really interested in is the spirit. The One is a blended whisky, bottled at 40% and here is what we thought.
The nose begins with a lovely creamy sweet vanilla fudge note. We’re then off on a journey around the Isles as we’re treated to a floral bouquet with top notes of heather and honey. White grapes come through strongly only to be tempered by icing sugar and rather interestingly – some cumin seeds!
The palate is light and vibrant with an almost hoppy like taste. There is a lot of spice and salt on the tip of the tongue, with some cayenne further back in the mouth. Grapes and coriander leaves are briefly present before a golden syrup and custard like sweetness takes over and fills the mouth. The whisky finishes with a flourish; lots of lingering spice and heat with an abundance of white chocolate chips.
The One is a good solid blend and well worth considering as we move into the winter months. Now, obviously it hasn’t been distilled by the Lakes Distillery but if this is the care and attention they’re putting in to their products, and having seen the care and attention that’s going into their site, we’re now even more excited about the first spirits to run off their stills! 2014 will be an exciting time for a remote corner of Cumbria, so get involved early and enjoy the first release from a distillery that we hope will be doing fabulous things for English whisky in 2014 and beyond.