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.
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.
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.
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?