Following the sale of all 5,992 individually numbered bottles of its first widely available single malt whisky in just five weeks, The Lakes Distillery has unveiled the second release in The Whiskymaker’s Reserve series.

An artistic exploration of maturation and blending; of flavour evolution and defining a sherry-led house style for The Lakes Single Malt, the architecture of The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.2 has evolved in keeping with The Lakes’ increasing sherry-cask influence.

Without an age statement, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.2 is a new, intense and robust single malt, bottled at cask strength – 60.9% ABV – and matured in the finest, meticulously sourced PX, red wine and bourbon casks.

With only 4,788 bottles available in the UK, the nose is rich and complex with dry fruits and treacle, creamy layers of wood spice, comforting vanilla on the palate, and a long and luxurious finish.

Non-chill filtered for a richer mouthfeel and fuller flavour, each bottle uses only the natural colours derived from the oak casks.

Dhavall Gandhi, whiskymaker at The Lakes, said, “We are delighted to have received such a positive reaction to The Lakes Single Malt. The response has been fantastic and although you can no longer buy direct from the distillery, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.1 will continue to be available in a variety of specialist whisky stores and retailers, whilst their stocks last.

“At The Lakes, we understand how flavours are created throughout the entire whisky-making process. The result is a rich and varied artist’s palate, and The Whiskymaker’s Reserve is a series of artistic interpretations, each a different variation on a theme, brought together to create something new and unique.”

Released on the 17th October, The Whiskymaker’s Reserve No.2 has a suggested retail price of £65 and can be bought from where you can also discover more about The Lakes’ holistic approach to whisky-making.

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