White Peak Wire Works Collection Small Batch 03/22 & 06/22 plus Virgin Oak Finish and Double Oak Port 4 x 70cl
A fantasic opportunity to explore some of the most recent releases from the White Peak Distillery, including the now discontinued Small Batch 03/22 and the recently released and already out of stock Double Oak Port!
Please note these are ONLY available to purchase as a collection of four bottles, they will NOT be sold seperately.The White Peak Distillery is based in Ambergate, Derbyshire, 12 miles North of Derby city centre. It was founded by Max and Claire Vaughan in 2016, following a dream for years of producing a single malt whisky in Derbyshire, despite no previous experience in the drinks industry. The distillery is sited in a 24km stretch of the Derwent Valley that was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2001, within the old Maintenance and Store Sheds of the Johnson & Nephew wire works that date back to 1876 and lasted for 120 years, which itself was rebuilt from a family owned iron forge from the early 1800s. The motto for the distillery is taken from that of the wire works – Virtus Patienta Veritus, the virtue of patience and truth.
Initial releases from White Peak include a range of gins and a Cask Aged Rum, with their first Single Malt Whisky release initially scheduled for launch in November of 2021. However, supply issues with the distinctive bottle that pays homage to the wire and cable produced by the old factory meant the first release was delayed to February 2022.
The team employ a long fermentation and use two copper pot stills of 3,000 and 2,100 litres in volume. Water is sourced from the River Derwent immediately adjacent to the distillery, utilising some of the old pumping infrastructure for their condenser cooling system. English barley is used, and when I visited a couple of days before the launch of their First Release the team had begun a run of spirit that was using barley taken purely from Derbyshire.
Wire Works Small Batch 06/2022 is the second 'Small Batch' release, replacing the initial 'Summer' 03/2022 batch. Using a combination of 80% unpeated and 20% peated English barley, resulting in a phenol level of around 11 PPM, a four-day fermentiation period used a yeast blend incorporating live yeast sourced from the nearby Thornbridge Brewery. Spirit filled into first-fill ex-Bourbon, virgin oak and shaved, toasted and recharred red wine casks - all made from either American or French oak – at a variety of ages averaging around 4 years were then selected for the batch, with predominently STR being used as well as a significant amount of ex-Bourbon. However the casks used for this batch were selected from a different part of the dunnage warehouse that was slightly warmer, and alongside bottling at a slightly higher ABV of 47.7% this means there feels to be a greater depth of flavour, both in terms of dark fruit notes and deep, subtle smoke. It definitely shows a progression in terms of the Wire Works profile, as the team work towards what they feel will become their 'core' bottling.
The 8th official release from the distillery sees lightly peated spirit initially matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before being diluted slightly and finished in virgin American oak casks that had been prepared with a variety of toasts and chars. Only 3061 bottles have been released at an ABV of 51.7% and feature a noticeable upturn in the smoky element compared to other releases, mainly due to the softer and sweeter influence of the cask types used
The 9th official Single Malt Whisky release from Derbyshire's White Peak Distillery is the Double Oak Port – not a Port Finish however as this sees lightly peated spirit matured in two different cask types for an equal amount of time – ex-Bourbon barrels sourced from Heaven Hill in Kentucky, before being re-casked into Port barriques from J. Dias, a winery and cooperage 15 miles South of Porto. There are only 1321 bottles of Wire Works Double Oak Port available at an ABV of 52.2%, with no colouring added or chill-filtration taking place.
These bottles are being sold on behalf of a customer of The Spirit Specialist. The bottles are fully sealed and intact and the fill levels are high. The condition of labels and packaging is excellent, it is clear these have been carefully looked after. If you have any questions about these bottles please get in touch!For the sake of transparency, The Spirit Specialist will receive a commission based on the final sale price.
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