In an earlier post I gave details of The Lakes Distilleries addition of two new whiskies to their 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.
They are Non-chill filtered and bottled at the natural colour and the latest addition to the expressions have been finished in Andalusian Orange Wine casks and Sherry casks. They join The One and the Port Cask releases.
The Lakes Distillery have kindly sent me samples of the four drams in their One collection to try (thanks!) So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – The One (46.6%)
Nose: Hints of wood and fresh citrus with vanilla and fresh apples.
Palate: Sweet, with stewed sultanas, a hint of liquorice and melon. Slight smokiness.
Finish: Spicy and peppery with a dry oak finish. A little liquorice. Quite short and little tanin feel on the tongue.
Overall: An excellent blended whisky. Warming, moreish and easily drinkable!
Tasting Notes – The One Orange Wine Cask Finished Whisky (46.6%)
Nose: A slow burner this one with faint tangerine, banofee pie and biscuit sprinkled with a little vanilla.
Palate: Sweet, with intense and creamy vanilla plus additional pleasant hints of orange.
Finish: Very smooth with a little pepper but the sweetness maintains throughout. The spiciness increases with more sampling though!
Overall: A subtle dram but it grows on you (much like the spiciness!)
Tasting Notes – The One Sherry Cask Finished Whisky (46.6%)
Nose: Lovely rich and fruity with aromas of furniture polish and hints of chocolate.
Palate: Plump fruity Xmas cake with creamy, fudgy vanilla. A joy!
Finish: Some cheeky spice compliments well with the Seasonal flavours.
Overall: This is really very yummy indeed! Cracking full flavours that made me wish for roaring fires and decorated trees!
Tasting Notes – The One Port Cask Finished Whisky (46.6%)
Nose: Light port with sweet vanilla.
Palate: Sweet, fruity port flavours with spicy vanilla.
Finish: Un-mistakeable spiciness – always there with a Lakes dram!
Overall: A tasty dram but not as rich in flavour when compared with the Sherry Cask.
I think of the four – The One Sherry Cask Finished Whisky is my favourite!
Other Lakes Distillery Whiskies (& Gins) are available to buy from:-