Holistic Whisky Making

The Lakes doesn't see distillation, maturation and blending as separate processes. They create flavours throughout a whisky's journey from the distillery to the warehouse. It's holistic whisky making. Their job is to create flavour.

Their master whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi, is obsessed with flavour. His single-minded focus provides continuity of character. That makes for the best whisky.

Maturation is more than putting a whisky in some wood and waiting.

Dhavall Gandhi, the whiskymaker at The Lakes Distillery, works with a trusted partner in Seville to create bespoke casks.

The oak and cask seasoning impacts the maturing spirit. The casks add personality; they integrate with the whisky and produce layers of depth and complexity.

These complex whiskies blossom when aged in in ex-sherry casks. The Lakes season their casks with Oloroso sherry, giving a flavour base of dried fruit, ginger and a firm tannic grip.

They are also ageing in ex-sherry casks made from American and French oak. The American oak give their whisky a creaminess, while they get an incredible spice kick from the French oak.

Incredible casks make incredible whisky. They use a mix of casks sizes and sherry styles. It’s about unlocking a whisky’s potential.

Whisky Casks at the Lakes Distillery
The Lakes Distillery Master Whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi

Active involvement during maturation directs the flavour.

Elevage is one of those French wine terms that, like terroir, people don't translate. A translation would seem inelegant; a disservice to the art. The simplest definition is: nurturing a wine from its raw state after fermentation to the point where it can be bottled.

It isn’t a term you often hear applied to whisky. But Elevage is at the heart of how The Lakes Distillery make their craft English whisky.

Their master whiskymaker takes inspiration from Cognac. When they make Cognac, they reduce the strength of their new spirit to mellow it out before filling it into cask. Then they reduce it in cask before bottling.

While other distilleries seal a cask, wait and blend the result, The Lakes take their maturing whisky and transfer it into different types or ages of casks depending on what flavour they want. It gives them more control and influence on the whisky’s flavour.

Blending new make whisky like perfume.

A perfume pyramid is a concept to visualise a fragrance’s lifecycle. A perfume has three components:

1. Head Notes

2. Heart Notes

3. Base Notes

A perfume’s notes are stacked on top of each other like layers.
Perfumers inspired whiskymaker Dhavall’s approach to creating whisky.

The perfume pyramid lies behind how we use different yeasts. At the start of the week, one type is used to give top notes in the new make, a different one is used at the end of week to give the base. Then they blend the two new makes together.

No other whiskymaker does this. No other whisky is like The Lakes.

Blending whisky at the Lakes Distillery

Whiskymaker's Reserve

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve is an artistic exploration of oak and blending. It represents an evolution of flavour along the way to creating a house style.

Creating a new whisky requires a framework, but there has to be room to experiment. The Lakes Distillery's whiskymaker plays with flavour, he follows his gut and his instincts. The architecture of each Whiskymaker's Reserve evolves. It follows their sherry cask framework, but it's guided by their sense of adventure.

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3 is a rich and fragrant single malt whisky. They mature it in the finest PX, Oloroso, Cream Sherry and red wine casks. It's non-chill filtered and bottled at natural colour.

Join the journey to watch The Lakes distillery house style evolve.

The Lakes Single Malt English Whisky
The Lakes Single Malt English Whisky

Whiskymaker's Editions

The Whiskymaker's Editions are special-edition single malt whiskies. They have one purpose: creating outstanding flavours.

The Whiskymaker's Editions Colheita is the inaugural release. Colheita is a Port wine that's aged in wooden casks for at least seven years. It gives the whisky a vibrant flavour.

They've matured this Whiskymaker's Edition expression in port casks. And, to enhance flavour characteristics, they also used a small proportion of Bourbon barrels. It adds a flavour contrast.

The 5,400 limited-edition bottles are non-chill filtered and bottled at the natural colour.

The One Sherry Cask Finished

Soft and porous, Spanish oak encourages interaction between spirit and cask. The grain allows the whisky to travel deeper into the wood, drawing out rich and intense flavours. And it gives the whisky a beautiful and natural colour.

Sherry and whisky enjoy a harmonious relationship. The marriage helped create some of the world’s finest whiskies.

The One Sherry Cask Finished whisky is made with the finest PX and Oloroso seasoned casks. They are same casks that mature The Lakes Single Malt.

Heavily influenced by these dark and sweet PX sherry casks, this is a rich whisky, with a deep, rich and more intense flavour. It's perfect after dinner or to relax and unwind.

Bottled at the natural colour, The One Sherry Cask Finished is 46.6% ABV. It has been non-chill filtered for a creamier mouthfeel and fuller flavour. There are only 4,512 bottles available in the UK.

The One Port Cask Finished

They make Port by adding distilled grape spirit to wine. The process increases the alcohol content, fortifying the wine.

Rich and intense, Port exists in a variety of sweetness and colours. It has a beautiful aroma and character that separate it from other wines.

Like all expressions of The One, each singular release is unique.

The Lakes have finished this whisky in both Tawny & Ruby Port casks from Portugal. This added complexity and flavour.

The One Port Cask Finished Whisky is non-chill filtered, which gives it a creamier mouthfeel and fuller flavour. The natural colours are derived from the oak casks and the whisky is bottled at 46.6% ABV.

The One Orange Wine Cask Finished

The Lakes Distillery have finished this edition of The One in rare ‘Vino de Naranja’ seasoned casks. The casks are only made in Huelva, Andalucía.

The casks create a distinctive buttery and creamy texture. The oak allows spicy notes to peek through a nose of fresh lychee, marmalade and hints of tobacco.

With flavours of gentle peat, tropical fruits and candied orange peel, this is a clean and smooth whisky. The whisky's delicate nuances allow you to enjoy it neat, with soda water and a twist of orange, or as you please.

The One Orange Wine Cask Finished is limited to only 2,994 bottles in the UK, and bottled at the natural colour. It's 46.6% ABV and is non-chill filtered for a richer mouthfeel and fuller flavour.