We’re excited! Excited because this weekend we’re off to Cumbria to witness the first spirit running from the whisky stills at The Lakes Distillery, and excited because we have a great competition for you in conjunction with the distillery.
Regular readers will know that I’ve been up to The Lakes Distillery on two occasions now. The first was about a year ago when I met with Paul and he talked me through the vision of the distillery and showed me around the Victorian model farm that was still very much dilapidated and some considerable way from becoming a fully operational distillery. My second visit was in May this year. While this was prior to the installation of the stills, a lot of work had taken place on site and it was a real hive of activity. And that’s why I’m thrilled to be making the journey up to The Lake District again this weekend. Not only do I love the place for its picture postcard beauty, but this weekend marks the end (and start) of a journey as the first spirit runs through the whisky stills. It isn’t often that the opportunity presents itself to be there for such an historic occasion in the life of a distillery and we can’t wait to report back on the days events.
In the meantime though we’d invite you to sample two wares from the distillery. They have already relased a blended malt crafted from all four courners of the British Isles and it is said to represent the style of whisky that they are hoping to create. We’ve reviewed it previously on the blog, but it is great to have the opportunity to revisit it again. Secondly, we’re thrilled to review our first gin on the site – an artisanal gin made using local botanicals.
The ONE [40%]
Nose: Warm and spicy. Very rich with lashings of vanilla and icing sugar. Reminds me of some good millionaires shortbread and honey topped ice-cream
Palate: Light and lively with some spiciness. The sweetness from the nose remains but is is tempered by a touch of chilli heat and black pepper. The vanilla appears strongly and coats the mouth. Very well balanced
Finish: Medium in length leaving a trail of cocoa
The Lakes Gin [43.7%]
A very classy gin that is lovely enjoyed neat or with some ice. Great with tonic and it makes a mean negroni.
Nose: Vibrant, very zesty and full of life, strong notes of juniper and freshly cut hay. Over time it becomes a touch dusty with a hint of cardamon. Black pepper rounds off a very impressive nose
Palate: Victorian lemonade, fizzy sherbet lemons (amazing!) and rosemary. A mixture of lemon and orange zest combined with some peppery spiceiness
Finish: Long and sweet with the lemon notes lasting a long time
We’ve teamed up with The Lakes Distillery to give away 25 pairs of tour tickets. Tickets are valid between January 1st to March 31st 2015 and winners will be among the first people to see the distillery in operation.
We’ve made it really simple to enter and there are two ways for you to try and win.
Firstly simply visit Twitter and follow us [@LRWhisky] and retweet any of our competition tweets that mention #LakesTour
Secondly visit us on Facebook and like our page and share any of our posts that mention the Competition. These will be clearly marked with the same hashtag #LakesTour
Competition closes at midnight on December 12th which means that these tickets could make a lovely Christmas present for someone close to you. Best of luck!
Do also check out The Lakes Distilery here for all of their latest news and products.