Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.
Not actually a whisky yet this sample was from the first 100 casks of (to be) whisky ever produced at The Lakes Distillery. This is only available to Founder Members through their Founders’ Club (more details at bottom of page). Only 1 year old it is a taste of things to come.
Clear with a slight yellow tinge.
Initial new spirit smell, quickly tempered with a freshness and sweet vanilla.
With Water: Oak starts to come through with a hint of hazelnut.
Again that initial new spirit flavour followed by mild spice and sweet oak.
With Water: New spirit flavour lessened to produce a more creamy vanilla.
Short, drying, fresh and grassy.
With Water: A little bit of spice and an almost citrus tinge at the end.
Considering it’s only 1 year old I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet and fresh this was. Particularly how strong the vanilla was on this. A good start and sign of great things to come! Although a higher abv would have been nice – I’m sure this is available as a sample at The Lakes Distillery itself though and so I’ll have to make a trip there at some point to find out.
It will be very interesting to see what other people make of it – normally after tasting a whisky there is a vast supply of tasting notes available to compare with – usually with me either feeling vindicated in my summations or second guessing my tasting ability after getting something no one else has or missing something everyone else has picked up on. This however is brand new and so at the time of writing this there were no tasting notes available from anyone else, now though there are several notes available if you search the net, or alternatively check out No Nonsense Whisky’s review here. Vin isn’t signed up to the Founders Club but I sent him on of my miniatures to try so you’ll get an unbiased opinion from him.
Taken from The Lakes Distillery Website.
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