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Issue 130 Out Now

Whisky Magazine Issue 130

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Thu 08 Oct 2015

New limited edition sherry cask from The Lakes Distillery

Award winning blend of British whiskies, The ONE, has been taken to another level by its creators who have launched an exclusive sherry cask finished expression to celebrate the spirit’s second birthday.

Created by the Lakes Distillery, England’s premier whisky distillery, The ONE has been ‘finished’ in Oloroso sherry hogshead casks to further enhance the blend which has become a favourite with whisky drinkers.

This is the first time an additional depth of flavour has been added to The ONE and the 3,335 limited edition bottles mark the distillery’s one year anniversary and the whisky’s second – The ONE was officially launched at the Taste Cumbria Festival in September 2013 and the distillery opened in December 2014.

Founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, Paul Currie, said: “Experimenting with finishes enables us to enhance what is already an exceptional whisky and there is always great interest in these expressions. Sherry casks are well established in the whisky industry for maturing whisky but are rarely used for finishing a blend.

“Through the use of our sherry cask, we have created a significantly different whisky with a darker tone and a wonderful taste, an excellent way to celebrate our second anniversary. Although still a young blend, The ONE has seen significant success over its two years and is exported across Europe and Asia. It is stocked in some of the UK’s most prestigious retailers – we’re excited to replicate the same success in the next two years.”

The ONE limited edition sherry cask finished blend is available at, RRP £39.95.

Tasting notes: sweet honey, subtly fruity, slightly smoky, with hints of spice.
Wed 30 Sep 2015

Firkin first - gin aged in ex-whisky cask

Independent bottler Gleann Mor Spirits Company is launching a special edition of its Firkin Gin, which has been aged in an ex-Lagavulin cask.

This is the first consumer bottling of a gin that has been aged in a cask which previously held a peated whisky.

Speaking on the release, Gleann Mor Spirits Company founder Derek Mair said: “Firkin Gin initially came about due to curiosity, by us asking: what would happen if you aged a gin in an ex-whisky cask? In this special edition, we've pushed the boundaries one step further to see what influence that classic, Islay peat smoke will have on our gin.”

It has led to a unique result that walks the line between a spicy, rich juniper-heavy gin, and American oak and peat influenced whisky.

Firkin Gin initially launched in April 2015 in Edinburgh. Made in Scotland to the company's specific recipe featuring just four botanicals – juniper, coriander seed, angelica root and orris root – Firkin Gin is distilled four times, before a further maturation of up to three months in oak casks which previously held whisky. Each batch differs depending on what whisky cask it was aged in and consists of no more than 250 hand-numbered and hand-labelled bottles. The name comes from the fact Batch 1 was aged in an ex-Heaven Hill Firkin cask.

“We are extremely excited about this latest release for Firkin Gin. Never before has a company released a gin that's picked up the peaty remnants from an ex-whisky cask and we have no doubt its flavour profile will attract both gin and whisky lovers,” added Mair.

The special edition Firkin Gin is bottled at 46% and will cost £45-£49 at specialist spirits merchants.

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