The Lakes Distillery
Five miles north-west of the popular tourist destination of Keswick in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and just one hundred and fifty yards from an excellent water supply, is home to The Lakes Distillery. The Lakes Distillery is a driving force behind a revolution of 'new world' distilleries. An English distillery based in the heart of the Lake District, the contemporary family of brands speak for themselves.
The distillery is housed in a restored Victorian Cattle Farm in the heart of the Lake District. The distillery first opened in December 2014 and since then, the distillery has created an award-winning portfolio of spirits, including the Lake District’s first single malt in 100 years.
2018 is an exciting year for The Lakes Distillery as the first expressions of The Lakes Single Malt will be released. The Lakes Distillery currently produces the only ever British Isles blended whisky – The ONE.
Also, the distillery has created a vibrant and fun range of gins, vodkas and liqueurs. The range includes; The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Gin Explorer and The Lakes Vodka. Along with brand new portfolio of liqueurs, including The Lakes Sloe Gin Liqueur, The Lakes Damson Gin Liqueur, The Lakes Elderflower Gin Liqueur, The Lakes Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur and The Lakes Espresso Vodka Liqueur. This range is perfect for making easy and exciting cocktails at home but also delicious neat over ice.
Chief Whiskymaker, Master Distiller and Operations Director, Dhavall Gandhi, joined The Lakes Distillery in 2017. Dhavall joined the Distillery after fine-tuning his skills at Macallan whiskies and is instrumental in crafting the Lake District's only single malt whisky.
As well as being a Chartered Scientist in Whisky Distilling - and alongside a wealth of qualifications including a Master’s Degree in Brewing and Distilling from the globally renowned Heriot-Watt University and an IBD diploma in Distilling – Dhavall brings a high level of experience from both the US Management Consulting sector and the Scottish whisky industry.
With excellence in craftsmanship and distilling, The Lakes Distillery has become a multi award winning tourist attraction, with visitors from all over the world finding the distillery. The distillery has won the Spirits Business Master medal for ‘Best Visitor Facilities at a Whisky Distillery in the World’ in 2016, 2017 and again in 2018 and is also acknowledged as one of the ‘top 5 new distilleries in the world’ (Time Out, New York). This is only the beginning of a British brand’s journey to create a quintessentially British and exclusive series of exceptional spirits.