Lakes Distillery debuts whisky inspired by wine country

by Alice Brooker

English producer The Lakes Distillery has added to its Whiskymaker’s Editions line with a red wine-influenced single malt.

Following the release of its Recuerdo whisky earlier this month, The Lakes Distillery has released a single malt called Sequoia. The expression is inspired by northern California’s wine country, particularly the flavours of red wine, and was made using a  ‘diverse combination of cask types’. On the nose and palate, redcurrants are said to give way to notes of spiced chocolate, red grapes and dried fruits, along with butterscotch, fig and cinnamon. The Sequoia bottling joins the Whiskymaker’s Editions collection, created by Lakes whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi. The range comprises Colheita, a whisky matured in Port and the first expression in the range; Le Goûter, a patisserie-inspired single malt; Bal Masque, matured in French oak casks; Miramar, a ‘fruity and lively’ liquid; and Recuerdo, a bottling aged in ex-Sherry casks. The non-chill filtered whisky clocks in at 53% ABV, and is available in Booths stores and at The Lakes’ own distillery shop for RRP £70 (US$96.18). 1,300 bottles are available to buy in the UK, and 3,000 bottles have been released to international markets. Sequoia will also be available to purchase at specialist whisky retailers in Japan, Singapore, China, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy.