The newly launched Lakes Distillery has moved a step closer to producing its first single malt.
The distiller, based on the banks of Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria, has taken delivery of three copper stills.
It means the company – which has offices in Gosforth, Newcastle – will be able to begin production of its Lakes Single Malt from September this year.
The stills were lifted into place through the roof of the £5m distillery, and will see it produce one million bottles of English single malt every year as well as gin and vodka.
The first 100 casks of lightly peated single malt – which the Lakes Distillery’s founder and managing director, Paul Currie, expects to be akin to the Highland whiskies – will be set aside for members of its Founders’ Club.
Each year for the next decade, members will receive one 70cl bottle and two tasting bottles, making up a collectible set of the distillery’s first every production.
Water is sourced directly from the River Derwent and it is the only distillery in Cumbria to both produce and distil its spirits on site.
Paul says: “We will now start commissioning the stills and from September 2014 will begin production of The Lakes Single Malt. We have paid great attention to the plant installed in the distillery to ensure the very highest quality of our spirits.
“We have also introduced a number of innovations to the process which are at the cutting edge of distilling.”
More information on The Lakes Distillery can be found at www.lakesdistillery.com