Spirit of Yorkshire releases third ‘maturing malt’

English distillery Spirit of Yorkshire has launched its third limited edition ‘maturing malt’ ahead of the debut of its single malt English whisky next year.

Distillery Projects 003 offers a “glimpse into the maturing casks” at the new distillery and follows the launch of Spirit of Yorkshire's first and second ‘maturing malts’. The bottling is described as being “soft, creamy and sweet, with notes of milk chocolate, stoned fruits, banana split, pink wafer biscuits and orange zest”. Distillery Projects 003 is the third in a series of four collectible spirits from Spirit of Yorkshire, a distillery based in Hunmanby, Yorkshire, England, that focuses on provenance and traceability. Spirit of Yorkshire whisky director Joe Clark said: "Like our first and second bottlings, careful and considered cask selection is at the heart of the release with a combination of only five casks being gently married together to create a beautifully balanced flavour profile. "Originally, I wanted to focus on our Bourbon cask-matured spirit for DP003, but after discovering an incredible PX Sherry cask filled in November 2016, the release moved in a different direction. "It was just too good not to involve in this expression and, when balanced out against both our Bourbon and red wine-matured spirit, the results were stunning. "Overall, 003 comes in richer and fuller than 002, but less spicy and wood-driven than 001. A great balance between the two, soft and easy-going but with plenty of character, depth and complexity. Way beyond its years and simply delicious." Bottled at 46% abv, Distillery Projects 003 is limited to 2,000 bottles and priced at £39.95 (US$51) from the distillery shop and online.