Review: The One British Blended Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Grain & Malt Whiskies
Distiller The Lakes Distillery (Embleton, England)

The Lakes Distillery just opened recently, in the Lake District – an absolutely beautiful region of England – my favourite area in the world. A few winters back, I had the chance to drop by and try their blended whisky, which is a blend of whiskies from all over the British Isles – rather than simply a Scottish or Irish Blend, though most of the components come from Scotland. The distillery itself is quite spectacular and care was certainly taken in planning and building it. They will be making a single malt but it is still maturing and will be ready in 2017; they also make an absolutely fantastic toffee vodka (I know, I know...)

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2015

Nose: Pear, light smoke, and a decent kick of maltiness. Sometimes, there’s a bit of light bitterness too. The smoke seems to come out better with time and improves the nose.

Taste: Fairly sweet, with malt leading the way and some light earthy peatiness coming in right at the end. Some vanilla and nuttiness underlie the whisky as well, with a touch of dried fruit, and smoke, which seemed to grow as I continued with my sample. The body has quite a decent feel on this whisky. At first I thought the sweetness was too much but as I’ve continued I’ve thought it balances the profile well.

Finish: Light, a bit malty, with some nuttiness (almond particularly), dried fruits, and a tinge of bitterness which sometimes is quite detracting. Light spices too, and from time to time the peatiness makes a short comeback.

The whisky is quite light and easy going with key nutty characteristics. However, it’s quite plain and not that intriguing. The nuttiness and smoke are alright, and the body is good, but overall not that interesting.

Value: Low. It isn’t relatively that expensive, but I don’t really like the stuff much.