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Lakes Distillery to produce first British blended whisky

Published:  07 October, 2013

Cumbria's first whisky distillery for over 100 years, the Lakes Distillery, has created a new concept "British Isles blend" for its inaugural product, called The One.

Overseen by Paul Currie, co-founder of Arran Distillery, and Alan Rutherford, former production director at Diageo, The One is made from a range of whiskies from around the British Isles, each with its own distinctive characteristics.

It will be sold in the Lakes Distillery's online shop and in a small number of chosen outlets in the UK. The distillery will place emphasis on developing the brand in export markets and is already in discussions with partners in a number of markets in Europe and Asia.

Housed in a secluded former Victorian model farm in the Lake District, the distillery will start distilling its own Cumbrian malt whisky and gin in spring next year. The site will also include a visitors' centre offering supervised distillery tours, a bistro, bar and shop.