It takes a frustratingly long time for a new whisky distillery to produce its own liquid, but The Lakes Distillery has given whisky fans a taste of what’s to come with the release of what the company is describing as the world’s first cross-border NAS blend of single malt whiskies.
Called Steel Bonnets, it’s a mix of predominantly sherried single malts from The Lakes Distillery itself – the first hints of the single malts to come from this distillery – the Highlands and Islay.
The Borders, an area of England and Scotland around the line that separates the two countries, has historically been independent of spirit, and this whisky has been created in tribute to the people in the Border Marches between the 13th and 17th century.
It’s an easy-drinking dram, full of toffee, mixed nuts, orange oils, clove and a touch of slate with a dried chilli flake heat and a charred wood finish.
46.6% abv, £65/70cl, The Lakes Distillery, 01768 788850