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The Lakes Whiskymakers Reserve No.5 Single Malt Whisky 70cl

The Lakes Distillery

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The Whiskymaker’s Reserve

Designing 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 Whiskymaker’s Reserve is an artistic exploration of maturation and blending, of flavour evolution and defining a sherry-led signature style for The Lakes Single Malt.

Showcasing a complex sherry-led, wood-forward, and flavour-packed style, each release of The Whiskymaker’s Reserve possesses the same distinct DNA. Varying in character, they continue to evolve in keeping with our increasing sherry cask influence and sense of adventure.

 

With The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.5, we wanted to create a whisky that has the same complex sherry-led style as previous releases but is much more refined and elegant.

Bold, not brash, complex but not too complex, this is a rounded whisky that is smooth around the edges and mature in its make-up, with a wonderfully aromatic nose, and dried fruit, chocolate character and sweetness.

At 52% ABV, following on from four sold-out releases, it is a sophisticated evolution, matured in the finest, bespoke Oloroso, PX, and red wine casks, comprising Spanish and American oak.

The nose is perfumed and fruity, with polished oak, red apples, chocolate, and hints of Devonshire cream leading to Pecan and walnut baklava, baking spices, candied papaya, and hints of coffee, with a vibrant and creamy finish with toasted brown sugar.

 

The art of élevage

Using the finest bespoke oak casks and taking inspiration from Cognac’s cellarmasters, rather than sealing our casks and simply waiting to blend the result, we have taken the concept of élevage - a proactive involvement - to create intriguing layers of flavour.

So much more complex than putting a spirit in some wood and waiting, it is this active commitment throughout the ageing process and the interplay between spirit, oak, and air that creates the majority of the whisky’s flavour.

Devotedly nurturing the whisky at every stage of the whiskymaking process, we frequently sample every maturing cask and, unlike other distilleries, regularly effect change by moving their location or transferring the spirit between casks to evolve and enhance the character.

A painstaking and age-old craft, élevage demands patience and time. It also necessitates the whiskymaker to know each cask intimately; how the flavours are evolving and how they can be blended with others to complement, enhance, deepen, broaden, or contrast.

Time unquestionably matters, but other influences too come into play that can transform a relatively young spirit into flavoursome whisky with a significantly older profile.

Whether it is dunnage or racked warehousing, a warm, damp, high, or low location, or the climate of the warehouse, how the casks are housed affects the maturing whisky. The type of oak and the liquid used to season that oak also has a considerable impact, adding their personalities and integrating with the spirit, before working in combination to build layer upon layer of complexity and an infinite array of flavours.

With each cask unique, we purposefully identify the casks that acquire the core characteristics of our signature style whisky. It isn’t until three years of maturation that we begin to make changes, blending different flavours to evolve the core and encourage an abundance of new nuances from which we can ultimately make the final whiskies.

It is only by understanding how these flavours are created and carefully controlling every parameter of the cask make-up and storage that you can fully comprehend the spectrum of possibility. And when the whisky has reached the peak of its maturity, the casks are hand-selected and married together for up to a year before bottling. This creates the depth and complexity we desire for The Lakes Whisky.