The Lakes Distillery has unveiled two new whiskies as part of The One collection; The One Orange Wine Cask Finished Whisky and The One Sherry 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 collection is a showcase of maturation expertise, with each singular release demonstrating the different flavours that can be derived from the finest oak casks.
Non-chill filtered and bottled at the natural colour, to add a new dimension to the whisky’s flavour profile, the latest expressions have been finished in Andalusian Orange Wine casks and sherry casks.
Rather than opting for traditional orange drinking wine casks, The One whisky has been finished in first-fill American oak casks, seasoned with exceptionally rare ‘Vino de Naranja’.
Made solely in Huelva, Andalusia, on the southern coast of Spain, this is an aromatised wine produced in small quantities, usually for personal consumption. Seville orange peel is macerated into a grape-based spirit and gently aged in oak casks, creating a very elegant ‘Naranja Wine’ with texture, flavour, and nuances of orange peel.
Limited to only 2,994 bottles, the resulting whisky boasts fresh lychee, marmalade and hints of tobacco on the nose, with flavours of gentle peat, tropical fruits and candied orange peel leading to a clean and smooth finish.
Bottled at the natural colour, The One Sherry has been finished in PX and Oloroso casks and is heavily influenced by Spanish oak characters. It enjoys a deep, rich and more intense flavour.
With 4,512 bottles in the UK, an enticing aroma of Medjool dates, sun-dried raisins, sultanas and polished wood leads to Macadamia nuts, dark chocolate and gentle smoke on the palate, with a long, warming and rich finish.
The Lakes whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi, said: “To appreciate the art of whisky-making you must first understand that flavour is created throughout the whisky-making process. For The Lakes Whisky, it is the art of blending and the interaction between the spirit, air and oak which creates the layers of complexity and character.
“The oak type and the liquid used to season that oak add their personalities as they integrate with the whisky. Working in combination they produce a myriad of flavour combinations, which is precisely what The One collection seeks to reveal.”
Earlier releases in The One collection include The One Port Cask Finished Whisky, finished in first-fill Tawny Port Casks from Portugal, and The One Signature Whisky, which blends complementary and contrasting flavours from an array of The Lakes’ bespoke oak casks to create a whisky with depth, roundness and harmony.
Bottled at 46.6% ABV, The One Orange Wine Cask Finished Whisky and The One Sherry Cask Finished Whisky both have a recommended retail price of £48 and are available from www.LakesDistillery.com.