The first bottle of single malt whisky from The Lakes Distillery has broken the world record for the most expensive whisky from a new distillery, and the most expensive bottle of English whisky sold at auction.
The Lakes Distillery auctioned 99 of its first bottles of single malt whisky, Genesis, with bottle number one selling for £7900. This surpassed the previous record of £7,100 for the first whisky to come from a new distillery, which was held by a Scottish distillery.
The average price for the 99 bottles auctioned was £900.
Genesis was sold at cask strength in a bespoke rosewood presentation box, each individually numbered and hand signed by Dhavall Gandhi, the Whiskymaker. Genesis comes from the Greek word meaning origin. The name pays homage to the distillery’s beginning, and gives a tantalising glimpse into its future.
Whiskymaker Dhavall Gandhi said, ‘we don’t just bottle our whisky because it is three years old – instead – I look at each cask to assess them individually until I find the right flavour profile. We have reached a peak for some casks and that is why we released a limited number.’
The whisky was first matured in Oloroso hogsheads giving it a vibrant character full of dried ginger and wood-spice. After the initial period of maturation, the whisky was finished in casks made-up of American and European oak to add a layer of dried fruit and vanilla. Finally, these two components were married together in Orange wine casks from the Andalucía region of Spain, giving it a spicy and chocolate-orange character.