The Lakes Distillery announces the world's first Anglo-Scottish blended malt

Cumbria-based distillery releases the first cross-border blend of English and Scottish single malts called Steel Bonnets

Made from a combination of single malts from the North English Lakes Distillery and malt whiskies from Scotland, Steel Bonnets will be the world's first Anglo-Scottish blended malt ever launched so far. The whisky is bottled at 46.6 % abv, non chill-filtered and is described as creamy and slightly nutty with a full-bodied flavour. It shows notes of vanilla, ginger, nutmeg and dried fruit; all interwoven with sweet comforting layer of wood smoke. Officially, Steel Bonnets will be released on July 9 as part of Lakes Distillery’s core range but can already be pre-ordered via their homepage.

The Border Reivers

The name Steel Bonnets pays homage to the English and Scots, who lived along the Anglo-Scottish border from the 13th to the 17th century. At the time, this border area, so far from the control of the British Crown, proved extremely difficult to govern. During the ongoing wars between the two nations, passing armies repeatedly threatened the existence of the border inhabitants. Abandoned by the Crown, they took their fate into their own hands and developed their own understanding of security and independence. They began to plunder on both sides of the border as long as their victims did not belong to their own clans. In old English, to rob means "to reive" and so the term "Border Reivers" quickly formed. After the distinctive helmets they wore, they were nicknamed the "Steel Bonnets". The Border Reivers were an integral part of border history in the 300 years prior to the English-Scottish union in 1707, which eventually brought peace to this battle-strewn country. Nigel Mills, co-founder and CEO of The Lakes Distillery, said: "It was very important to us that our geographical location, its people and its culture were recognised in this new blended malt whisky."

Launch in Germany

Lakes Distillery is located on a beautifully restored Victorian cattle farm near Bassenthwaite Lake in the county of Cumbria in northwest England, about 35 miles from the Scottish border. The distillery opened in December 2014, has an attractive visitor centre and offers whisky tours and tastings of various spirits from its collection. The German importer of Lakes Distillery products is Tasting Crew Deutschland KG, based in Mülsen in Eastern Germany, through which Steel Bonnets will be available on the German market at the end of July / beginning of August 2018.


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