The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Editions Colheita 70cl 52% ABV
The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Editions Colheita.
The Lakes Distillery have in recent years released single malt whiskies in two series: “The Editions” and “The Whiskymaker’s Reserves”. 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.
Drawn from The Lakes Whiskymaker’s collection of bespoke casks, the inaugural release of The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Editions brings Colheita Port’s influence into the frame. In Portuguese, Colheita (Col-yate-a) means “harvest”, which in this instance is a supreme and exceptionally rare expression of aged Tawny Port made exclusively of grapes from a single vintage. Not to be confused with Vintage Port, Colheitas must be aged in wooden casks for at least seven years. In practice, they tend to be matured for much longer as they take on flavours of dried fruit, nuts, citrus, wood, and exotic spices. The older they get, the smoother and more complex the liquid becomes.
Exceptional diversions from The Lakes sherry-led house style, The Whiskymaker’s Editions are special-edition single malt whiskies which showcase whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi’s sense of adventure in cask selection, maturation, and blending. Each unique bottling is an expression of creative freedom, the product of a playground where instinct, experience and inspiration roam free, coming together to realise one intrinsic objective; the creation of outstanding flavours.
The Lakes practises holistic whisky making, with the whiskymaker at the helm throughout the journey through the distillery and beyond. Hs single-minded focus at every stage provides continuity of character; their assurance that every flavour possibility is achieved.
That idea if 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 full 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.
Released on 1 September, to demonstrate a different side of The Lakes Single Malt, The Whiskymaker’s Editions Colheita has been maturated in the finest American oak Colheita Port casks, complemented by a very small proportion of Bourbon barrels to enhance and contrast certain flavour characteristics. Smooth and refined, the resulting nose is vibrant with hints of Santa Rosa plums, pickled cherries and candied orange. The palate is complex with notes of prunes, stewed plums and warming cinnamon leading to a creamy mouthfeel and lasting finish. At 52% ABV each of the 5,400 limited-edition bottles has been non-chill filtered, bottled at the natural colour.
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