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Steel Bonnets - An Anglo-Scottish Blend Of Kindred Spirits

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Past hostilities forgotten, this is a union of all that is good.

In honour to the memory of the ‘Reivers’, who, at the end of the day, did what they did to survive and who placed ‘family’ at the heart of their very existence, The Lakes Distillery have created ‘Steel Bonnets’ blended malt whisky. Just like a family, it is a blend of ‘kindred spirits’, exceptional malt whiskies from both England and Scotland.

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The Border Marches of the 13th - 17th centuries, where the Crowns of England and Scotland meet. A frontier beyond the control of Kings and the Law. The people of the Border Marches did not see themselves as either English or Scottish and therefore developed a certain independence of spirit that set them against the world.

Survival of those both sides of the border was brought about through allegiance to Kin, not Kingdom. Families fought and stole and killed to live. To rob is to ‘reive’ and from that were born ‘The Border Reivers’.

Sometimes a handful, at others three thousand in number. Hard men on horseback ride out into the darkness, under the cover of long winter nights. Thieving the livestock of neighbours on either side of the border.

Safe at home in their Bastle Houses and Pele Towers, protected on their sturdy ‘Galloway’ or ‘Hobelar’ ponies by their ‘Brigardine’ light armour, ‘lang spears’ and ‘steel bonnets’. Fearsome men for turbulent times.

Noble and simple, robber and lawman, soldier and farmer, outlaw and peasant. The characteristics of these border people created a strong sense of community and a unique sense of belonging not replicated elsewhere.

Today in the 21st century, many of those same families are still living and working in the border marches. A testament to family, community and the will to survive.

Steel Bonnets is created with the highest quality malt whiskies from either side of the border; The Lakes Single Malt Whisky from England and some of the most respected malts from Scotland. Carefully selected and expertly blended by The Lakes Distillery expert whiskymaker.

This ‘UNION OF NATIONS’ evokes peaty foothills; heather covered moors; the spirit of the people and the unique story of the borderlands. It also brings forth a sense of that which is most precious in life, the unique blend of humanity that family brings.

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