The Lakes Distillery has been named as one of the ‘eight whisky distilleries to see before you die’ by the organisation that promotes World Whisky Day.
The distiller features alongside well-established names like Glenfiddich and Bush Mills, on World Whisky Day’s list of top distilleries to visit.
This news showcases the success of the three-year-old company, and its work attracting people to its visitor centre on the River Derwent.
The distillery, which was the only English producer to feature on the list, is already a Top Ten Lake District tourist attraction, receiving in excess of 100,000 visitors a year to its visitor centre and Bistro.
Nigel Mills, one of the three founders of The Lakes Distillery, said: “Being named alongside such prestigious names as Glenfiddich is great testament to the work we have done promoting our products and English whisky as a whole.
“This announcement will attract new visitors to the area, helping us to fund our business objectives, as well as contributing to the local economy, as whisky fans from across the globe make it their mission to tick off the world’s number one distillery.
“It has put England firmly on the map as a top whisky destination, paving the way for further progress into what has always been an exclusive industry steeped in secrecy and pride.”
After a successful crowdfunding initiative which saw 2,521 people buy a stake of a £1.75m share sale, the distillery is planning for a year that will put English whisky on the map in 2018, with the launch of four premium collections including Steel Bonnets, the world’s first English/Scotch blend, and its first ever single malt.
The Lakes Distillery started trading three years ago and has already produced 600,000 bottles of whisky worth £30m at retail. A surge in demand for the distillery’s luxury Christmas baubles, released in November, resulted in shipments to United States, and it has received interest from the Ukraine, Germany, Netherlands and Russia.