THE LAKES, “THE ONE”, Port cask finish, 46.6% ABV.


“The One” port cask finish was released in mid 2019, a blend of the Lakes Single Malt whisky and other Single Malt whiskies and grain whiskies from Speyside and Islay which were married for 12 months. And this is batch #2 finally finished for a year in 1st fill Tawny port and Ruby port casks from Portugal, and released at 46.6% ABV, 4000 bottles being produced.

Appearance – This is a dark gold colour, it’s very viscous, beads up on the swirl line and slowly drops slim legs.

NoseRed berries, leather, lots of liquorice, a dustiness, wood varnish, and Sherry soaked dark fruits, mince pies and Christmas pudding. There’s also an earthiness and cigar leaves.

Palate – Yep red berries again, but then instantly more spicy, darker fruits, cloves, figs, currants, with ginger, black peppercorns, black cherries, this is surprisingly dark and heavy, a real spicy drop, which has caught me out a little tbh.

Finish – Ginger, black pepper, black coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, slightly herbaceous and earthy. Black grapes and cherries, oak, figs and cloves, and it’s quite long and warming, and perhaps a little flourish of salt right at the end on the lips.

My thoughts – This is another great bottling from “The One” range, it also has a great mouthfeel, and loads of flavour, and like the Orange wine cask finish bottling it would be very difficult for most to pick it out as a blended whisky, it is a lovely dram.

Would i buy a bottle? – This bottle was bought for me for christmas, and it’s a bottle i’d certainly replace.

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

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