The Lakes Port Finished Whisky 46.6% ABV
The Lakes Port Finished Whisky.
With The Lakes Single Malt at its heart – blended with select Scotch grain and malt whiskies from the Highlands, Speyside and Islay – The One Whisky Collection is a showcase of The Lakes whiskymaker’s maturation expertise. Each singular release has been finished in the finest oak casks, adding a new dimension to the flavour profile and demonstrating the influence oak and cask seasoning has on whisky’s flavour-elevation.
This release of The Lakes Port Finished Whisky is a singular blend of select grain and malt Scotch whiskies from Speyside and Islay with The Lakes Single Malt at its heart, finished in first-fill Tawny Port hogsheads from Portugal and Ruby Port casks. The Lakes know each of their whisky casks intimately, how the flavours are evolving and then how they then can be blended with others to complement, enhance, deepen, broaden, or contrast. This is how they can handpick Scotch malt and grain whiskies that best compliment the complexities and flavour of The Lakes Single Malt when married together in a port cask.
The result is full-bodied and smoky with ripe cherries and plums on the nose, hints of stone fruits, nutmeg and black pepper on the palate, leading to a long, warming finish. Non-chill filtered for a richer mouthfeel and fuller flavour, with only the natural colours derived from their oak casks in every bottle. Bottled at 46.6% ABV. Enjoy as you please. Add a few drops of water to open up the flavours, or top with ginger beer for a refreshing serve in a highball.
The Lakes practises holistic whisky making, with the whiskymaker at the helm throughout the journey through the distillery and beyond. His single-minded focus at every stage provides continuity of character; their assurance that every flavour possibility is achieved.
That idea distilling being distinct individual elements is not how a whiskymaker looks at the art. Rather it is part of a continuum, a net of possibilities where everything is interlinked. Change one element and the effect will change everything else. Only by understanding how flavours are created throughout the journey through the distillery will the whiskymaker fully comprehend the possibilities. That is why at The Lakes, unusually, their whickymaker Dhavall Gandhi is actively involved in every stage. It is holistic whisky making.
Numerous reviews confirming the quality of The Lakes Port Cask Finished Whisky can be found below;