The Lakes Whiskymaker’s Edition’s Milky Way 70cl Boxset



Together The Lakes Distillery launched Milky Way, the latest in The Whiskymaker’s Editions collection. This release was only available through this series of exclusive events over the coming weeks at The Lakes Distillery. Extremely limited tickets were available per evening, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

Milky Way is both a departure and a return – a Lake District round trip taking them light years from the Lakes sherry house style. Its whimsical, light-hearted nature rings true with its origins as an experiment inspired by the characteristics of vanilla oatmeal stout. 

Exploring symbiotic opportunities on this joint mission with Lakeland neighbour Cumbrian Ales, The Lakes Distillery first seasoned their ex-Bourbon barrel with locally brewed stout, then finished their single malt to add a fine layer of cask-derived flavours to their whisky. 


The Lakes Distillery have in recent years released single malt whiskies in two series: “The Editions” and “The Whiskymaker’s Reserve”. The “Whiskymaker’ Reserve” series is the heart and core of the whisky production at the distillery with a heavy sherry influence, whist 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 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 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 whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi is actively involved at every stage. It is holistic whisky making. 

Set includes Cumbrian Ales Vanilla Oatmeal Stout. A dark, smooth and aromatic ale with delicate vanilla notes, 4.8% ABV.


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