England’s newest and largest whisky, gin and vodka distillery is one step closer to production following delivery of its stills at the site in Cumbria.
A delicate operation took place at the Lakes Distillery, which has offices in Newcastle, following the arrival of its three handmade copper stills, each of which had to be lifted into place through the roof of the building. The stills will enable the £5m distillery to produce one million bottles of English single malt per year, as well as gin and vodka.
Based on the banks of Bassenthwaite Lake, the business is the result of a £5m venture by a consortium of investors, and it will be the only distillery in Cumbria to both produce and distill its spirits on site.
Founder and managing director Paul Currie said: “We will now start commissioning the stills and from September 2014 will begin production of The Lakes Single Malt, our lightly peated liquid gold which we expect to be more akin to highland whiskies. We have paid great attention to the plant installed in the distillery to ensure the very highest quality of our spirits.”