Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker’s Editions – Colheita

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The Lakes Distillery has launched ‘Colheita’, the first expression in a new range called ‘The Whiskymaker’s Editions’, which aims to explore a different side of the distillery’s spirit. As you might have seen from my last couple of articles on the Lakes Distillery (here and here), the house style is very much sherry-led. Whilst I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the whiskies I’ve tasted thus far, I mentioned a couple of times that I’d be very interested in seeing something a little more spirit-led and a little less cask-driven. This new range might well see my wishes come true.

The inaugural release in The Whiskymaker’s Editions is ‘Colheita’, which is Portuguese for ‘harvest’. This whisky has been primarily matured in casks which previously held tawny port made exclusively of grapes from a single vintage, with the addition of a small parcel of bourbon barrel-matured stock.

Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker, Dhavall Gandhi, said: “The Whiskymaker’s Editions is an intentional deviation from our house style, created to showcase a different personality of The Lakes Single Malt. This particular expression has been designed to be a little more fun, fruity and easy to drink and, as a limited edition, is perfect for anyone who appreciates The Lakes’ house style but wants to experience and explore the other side of The Lakes Single Malt. My role as a whiskymaker is to unlock the infinite variables and never-ending flavour possibilities throughout the liquid’s journey through the distillery and, in the future, more Editions will follow.”

Let’s dive in.

Lakes Distillery Whiskymaker’s Editions – Colheita
Tawny port and bourbon barrel maturation
5,400 bottles
52% ABV
£65 here

Nose: Lots of light fruits initially, with strawberry parfait, red currants, brambles, stewed plum and fig, and a touch of chocolate orange. There’s a wee bit of Blackjack sweets, cinnamon dust, and freshly sawn oak too.

Palate: Juicy red fruits hit first once again, with a boozy fruit salad, apricot jam, honey, blackberry, more figs and stewed plum. Then a richness powers through, with praline, chocolate truffles, and a touch of cracked pink peppercorns.

Finish: Tingling wood spices hang around for quite a while, with dark treacle and glacé cherries.

Overall: Firstly, it’s a real pleasure to taste a Lakes single malt which isn’t dominated by sherry. As much as I’ve enjoyed the Whiskymaker’s Reserve expressions, I really wanted to see what their spirit was like once it had been matured in other types of cask. This whisky is much lighter than those expressions, certainly more balanced, but equally as enjoyable, and will likely appeal to a much wider audience because of that. A note on the price too; Lakes Distillery have resisted the temptation to ramp up the price despite their whiskies selling out pretty damn quickly and being very well received. Huge kudos for that. Safe to say I’m very much looking forward to future expressions of the Whiskymaker’s Editions going forward.

 

 

 

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