Cocktails with… Lakes Distillery Gin – distilled in the Lake District

There are a number of gins that draw inspiration and affinity from the Lake District but are, sadly, not actually made there. After all, when it comes to gin, it is where the botanicals are distilled that defines where a gin is from.

The Lakes Distillery is based in Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria and they currently sell a vodka, a gin, and a blended whisky. Whisky production has begun on site and we’ll see what that’s like after a few years of maturation.

Lakes Gin FINAL

The Lakes Gin is bottled at 43.7%ABV and its botanicals include: juniper, bilberry, heather, and meadowsweet. The distillate is proofed to bottling strength using water from the River Derwent.

The Taste

Nose: Good, solid botanical notes: juniper, coriander, angelica and citrus, with a little herbal note at the end.
Taste: Thick in texture, this has a very classic flavour profile, although with a smoother and more integrated flavour than many. Whilst the juniper is still prominent, the flavours are fresher and less sappy, making the spirit more accessible.

Gin & Tonic with Fever-Tree
A light and citrusy Gin & Tonic, best served with plenty of ice. Straight-forward and easy to sip, this is thirst-quenching and refreshing.

This gin makes a smooth and clean Martini with hints of spice, juniper, and angelica. It works particularly well with a lemon twist and has something of the purity of a Vodka Martini, only with the complex flavour of gin botanicals.

This is a silky smooth Negroni with some light vanilla and spice. There’s also a gentle bitterness at the end, but, overall, the drink is unusually clean and smooth. Very accessible to the Negroni newbie.

In Conclusion
It’s great to finally have a gin that has been produced in the Lake District and, given how popular the area is to visitors, I’m sure the business will do well. The gin works well in many mixed drinks and will appeal to the new and established gin drinker alike. It’s been a long time waiting for an authentic Lake District gin, but it was well worth the wait.

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3 thoughts on “Cocktails with… Lakes Distillery Gin – distilled in the Lake District

  1. David,
    We have the Gins Bedrock and Langton’s No.1 both from Cumbria but neither are actually made in the Lakes District so I concur it’s great to have one that finally is. I haven’t tasted this myself yet but have a sample amount heading my way across the pond as I type! Thanks to your review It sounds like a good one to try, and am especially looking forward to making a Martini with it. I have heard they use locally foraged juniper berries, and while this may not be a particularly juniper forward Gin, was you able to discern any differences because of this?
    Regards, David.

    • Hey David, thanks for your comments – I think you’re right, at least in part, about the juniper but I’ll need to double check this. Using British juniper is very tricky, limited quantity and quality so what some distillers do is add some local juniper to the mix of their Tuscan (for example) juniper.

      • Well, thank you David. I just assumed when a producer said “juniper berries from XXX” it meant all were from that location. It never occurred to me it could be a blend – goes to show “you learn something new everyday”.
        Kind regard, David.

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