The Lakes, “The One”, Orange wine cask, 46.6% ABV.


“The One” Orange wine cask was released in June 2020, it’s a blended whisky at 46.6% ABV, none chill filtered, and natural in colour, with 2994 bottles produced. Grain and Malt Scotch whiskies from Speyside and Islay were matured in 1st fill American oak casks seasoned with aromatised wine casks known as “Vino de Naranja” from Huelva, Andulucia in southern Spain.

Appearance – I have to say that it does have an orange hue, must be a lot of influence as this is natural colour. It has very thick syrupy legs too.

Nose – Very fruity, there is a marmalade note with the fruits, it’s dusty also, I get a little menthol and cereals, perhaps oats. I’m also getting some BBQ meat notes, could be the Speyside or Islay whiskies, along with some darker fruits and liquorice.

Palate – Oh that’s a loverly mouthfeel, really syrupy, with Dark chocolate Orange , chilli’s, ginger, and some tropical fruits I’d say too, quite a bit of oak, 1st fill American oak casks doing that, very very nice. That Orange/ marmalade note definitely intensifies doesn’t it, and the oak almost recess a little letting the Orange shine through.

Finish – The finish is quite long, something I’ve not come across too often with blends tbh, and there’s dark chocolate, orange, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, chilli’s, marmalade, black cherries and oak, with no drying at all. I’m getting water melon and coffee too at the end, first time I’ve had water melon tbh.

Overall – This is a super blended whisky, it has a lovely syrupy mouthfeel, and the dark orange/marmalade notes really help to distinguish this as something different, it was a very brave choice to go with a wine cask finish, Dhavall Gandhi has done an exquisite job here.

Would i buy a bottle? – I had a bottle of this bought for me for christmas, i would definitely buy another, it’s different, and i like different.

Thanks to – Millie Forster, Dhavall Gandhi (@whiskymaker on Twitter), and The Lakes distillery (@LakesWhisky on Twitter).

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