White Peak makes whisky debut

by Alice Brooker

Derbyshire-based White Peak Distillery has unveiled its inaugural single malt: Wire Works Whisky.

White Peak Distillery will release only 5,016 numbered bottles of the lightly peated single malt on 3 February, with more launches planned throughout 2022. Husband-and-wife team Max and Claire Vaughan founded White Peak Distillery in 2016, said to be Derbyshire’s first full-scale craft distillery. Max Vaughan, co-founder of White Peak Distillery, said: “The journey we’ve been on since we started the distillery has been amazing and full of challenges, but we’ve never lost sight of making the best spirit we can and this moment of releasing our own single malt whisky. We’re realising a dream that our small and passionate team has been focused on since day one.” The whisky sits at 50.3% ABV and was produced and matured entirely at the UK-based distillery. A mixture of unpeated and peated malted barley was used to create Wire Works, which underwent a four-day fermentation process using a yeast blend. Matured in a variety of first-fill oak casks, including ex-Bourbon barrels, the expression boasts aromas of vanilla, chocolate, orchard fruit and orange peel on the nose. On the palate, the whisky delivers flavours of butterscotch, raisins, sandalwood, roasted malt and toffee apple. The finish is long, with notes of café mocha, peat and liquorice allsorts. “We are exceptionally proud of our heritage and local provenance within the Peak District and believe that our Wire Works Whisky brings all of the best elements of our homeland together in one special spirit," Max Vaughan added. "In many ways we are only just at the start and we hope that our supporters and distillery friends will enjoy celebrating this very special moment with us.” Wire Works Whisky will retail for RRP £65 (US$87.37) per 700ml bottle. It will be available from White Peak Distillery, as well as retailers including Booths, Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop, Selfridges, House of Malt and Hard to Find Whisky. For more recent whisky launches, check out the launch of Cù Bòcan's two limited edition expressions, GlenDronach Distillery's 50-year-old whisky, or County Longford-based Lough Ree Distillery debut of Bart’s Blended Irish Whiskey.