The Lakes Sherry Wine Cask Finished Whisky 46.6% ABV
The Lakes Sherry Wine Cask 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.
Where, traditionally, The Lakes use American, French, and Spanish oak to create a timeless sherry-led whisky, with The One Sherry Cask Finished whisky, it is the characters of Spanish wood which bring a new dimension to the flavour profile. Softer and more porous, Spanish oak encourages a higher degree of interaction between spirit and cask. The more open grain allows the whisky to travel deeper into the wood, drawing out rich and intense flavours, as well as creating a beautiful and natural colour.
Sherry and whisky enjoy a harmonious relationship, one which, over the years, has helped to create some of the world’s finest whiskies. Made principally from Palomino grapes grown near Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, Sherry is produced in a variety of styles, from the dark and rich Oloroso to the sweeter styles of PX and Cream, and the drier Fino.
The Lakes Sherry Wine Cask Finished Whisky demonstrates the flavours that can be derived from the finest PX and Oloroso seasoned casks. The same casks that mature The Lakes Single Malt. Like all expressions in The One collection, this is a singular release with only 6,720 bottles available in the UK. Heavily influenced by The Lakes’ dark and sweet PX sherry casks, this is a decadent whisky, with a deep, rich and more intense flavour, perfect after dinner or to relax and unwind.
An enticing aroma of Medjool dates, sultanas and polished wood leads to dark chocolate, sun-dried dates, wood spice with a whiff of smoke on the palate, with a rich, warming and lingering finish. Bottled at the natural colour, The One Sherry Cask Finished is 46.6% ABV and has been non-chill filtered for a richer mouthfeel and fuller flavour.
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.
The idea of 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 on element and the effect will change everything else. Only by understanding how flavours are created throughout the journey through the distillery will the whiskymaker comprehend the possibilities. That is why at The Lakes, unusually, their whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi is actively involved at every stage. It is holistic whisky making.
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