The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1 Single Malt




The Lakes Distillery have in recent years released single malt whiskies in two series: “The Editions” and “The Whiskymaker’s Reserve”.  The “Whiskymaker’s Reserve” series is the heart and core of the whisky production at the distillery with a heavy sherry influence, whilst the “Editions” have been released to demonstrate the capability of the distillery to explore the artistic nature of the whisky making and blending process

The Lakes Single Malt Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1, bottled at cask strength (60.6% ABV) to ensure maximum flavour, is a full-bodied expression, matured principally in finest, meticulously sourced PX and red wine oak casks, comprising American, Spanish and French oak. Non-chill filtered and bottled at natural colour. Each bottle of The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1 is individually numbered.

The nose is rich and vibrant with vanilla, chocolate and wood spice, layers of dry fruits, ginger and orange on the palate and a long, warming finish.

The Whisky Maker’s Reserve is an artistic exploration of oak and blending; of flavour evolution and defining a house style. Creating a new whisky requires a framework of sorts, but there has to be room within it to play, to follow gut feeling and instinct. The architecture of each release of Whiskymaker’s Reserve will evolve in keeping with both our increasing sherry cask influence and our sense of adventure

The Lakes practises holistic whisky making, with the whisky maker 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 of distilling being distinct individual elements is not how a whisky maker 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 whisky maker fully comprehend the possibilities. That is why at The Lakes, unusually, their whisky maker Dhavall Gandhi is actively involved at every stage. It is holistic whisky making.

Only 5,922 bottles of the Lakes Whisky Maker’s Reserve No.1, all individually numbered,  were released on 07/09/19, and are now only available on the secondary market through specialist retailers and at auctions

Numerous reviews confirming the quality of the No.1 can be found below:

The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1

The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1

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