Cumbria’s The Lakes Distillery has released the third expression in its Whiskymaker’s Reserve range, a single malt matured in a variety of Sherry casks.Launched in September last year, the limited edition Whiskymaker’s Reserve series showcases the distillery’s Sherry-led style. Created by whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi, the first bottling in the range was matured in a combination of Pedro Ximénez (PX) and red wine casks, comprising American, Spanish and French oak. Following two sold-out releases, the new Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3 was matured in a combination of PX, oloroso Sherry and cream Sherry casks, as well as red wine casks. It is bottled at 54% ABV and is non-chill-filtered and naturally coloured. “To create our Sherry-led house style we use a variety of Sherry casks, with a significant proportion being first-fill," explained Gandhi. "The spectrum of flavours achieved through the use of these casks is layered through blending to create the depth and complexity associated with the Whiskymaker’s Reserve. Each expression is then married over 12 months, allowing the flavours to gently integrate and develop. “In the case of Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3, I have used oloroso, cream and PX casks in combination with a small number of red wine casks, to contrast some of the dried fruit characters and create the aromatic top note and seductive texture. “Whisky making is an additive process. You add, create, and control the flavours at every small step, and, at The Lakes, I am fortunate to have a complete overview of the end-to-end whisky making process. “From start to finish, my approach is much more holistic, meaning I can nurture and develop the flavours that are created in the early stages until the very end. This is what sets our whisky apart.” On the nose, the whisky is “rich and fragrant” with incense, spiced chocolate and toffee notes, while the palate brings honey, figs and wood spice followed by a “warm and lingering” finish. Priced at RRP £65 (US$81.50) per 700ml bottle, the Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.3 is available to buy from The Lakes Distillery’s website. It is limited to 9,700 bottles.