Alfred Wainwright
"It was a moment of magic, a revelation so unexpected that I stood transfixed... I had seen landscapes of rural beauty pictured in the local art gallery, but here was no painted canvas; this was real. This was truth."
Alfred Wainwright
"It was a moment of magic, a revelation so unexpected that I stood transfixed... I had seen landscapes of rural beauty pictured in the local art gallery, but here was no painted canvas; this was real. This was truth."
Alfred Wainwright
"It was a moment of magic, a revelation so unexpected that I stood transfixed... I had seen landscapes of rural beauty pictured in the local art gallery, but here was no painted canvas; this was real. This was truth."

 

Our Story

The inspiration of our art is nature

The Lake District has long been a crucible for creativity, a place where imagination can flourish, and it's no different for us. The Lakes Distillery's whiskymaker takes inspiration from the UNESCO World Heritage site where our distillery has been built within a 160-year-old farmstead on the banks of the River Derwent.

 

Sculpted into the bedrock of our distillery, the symbol of the quatrefoil represents our core beliefs. Faith, Hope, Luck and Love are the compass points of our journey, shared by like-minded adventurers who appreciate our creative approach to whisky making and the rewards of its discovery at the intersection of art, science and nature.

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"I create whiskies for different moods, layering flavours, taking inspiration from the place to create something unique."

- Dhavall Gandhi

The Lakes Whiskymaker

 

Whisky making philosophy

We speak the language of whisky

Whisky making in its highest form is a dance between science and art, control and creativity. It needs to respect tradition, but not be hampered by it. Our whiskymaker works across two seemingly distinct disciplines: the artist and the man of science.

The creation of flavour

We speak the language of whisky
Obsessive precision

Ethos

A whiskymaker with an artistic ethos

Challenging convention doesn’t mean rejecting whisky’s heritage, but respecting it. If the whisky is to be ours, then it has to learn, take from experience of centuries, but also move it on in ways which are appropriate to this distillery. We have to take this model and interpret it our way.

Our artistic ethos

Our home

The source of our inspiration

All distilleries have a creation story, that moment of inspiration, when someone decides that they need to make a whisky. Tied to that desire is the pull of place. So, why the Lakes?

Inspired by nature

Inspirational landscape
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