Bankhall Distillery unveils debut single malt whisky
Halewood Artisanal Spirits has bottled the first English single malt whisky from its Bankhall Distillery in Blackpool.Established in 2019, Bankhall Distillery’s whiskies are created via a reimagining of the traditional whisky making processes of the UK, combined with inspiration drawn from distilleries of the US. Having previously released Bankhall Rye Rebellion and Sweet Mash, the distillery has now unveiled its first single malt whisky. Vince Oleson, master distiller at Bankhall, commented: “Bankhall is honoured and proud to finally have a single malt whisky. “This three-year-old English single malt was the first spirit to flow through our budding distillery back in April of 2020. It’s an expression that’s bold from the punch of the barrel and balanced from our elegant triple pot distilled creamy new make, and we’re extremely happy with the result." The young whisky is a single barrel expression that has been matured in level four charred new American oak casks. It has been bottled at cask strength of 57.7%, and is said to boast flavours of orange marmalade, vanilla bean, cinnamon, marzipan and toasted oak. Oleson added: “With just 235 bottles of this limited release launching into the market, we don’t anticipate it’ll be around for long, but it certainly marks the beginning of a massively exciting new stage of the journey for our Bankhall English whisky”. The estimated 235 bottles will be hand-numbered and available to purchase from select specialty retailers and directly from Bankhall Distillery in Blackpool. Last month, Halewood Artisanal Spirits extended its Dead Man's Fingers rum line with a vanilla variant. In addition, the English Whisky guild appointed Morag Garden as its first CEO.