Whisky Focus - White Peak Wire Works Full Port Christmas Release

White Peak Wire Works Full Port Christmas Release

6th December 2023
Just in time for Christmas, White Peak distillery in Derbyshire, England release their first expression fully matured in Port casks, Wire Works Full Port.

White Peak Wire Works Full PortDerbyshire's White Peak Distillery has unveiled a new addition to their coveted Wire Works collection just in time for Christmas: the Wire Works Full Port. Crafted in limited quantities, this release has been matured solely in Tawny Port casks, resulting in they tell me, a sumptuous flavour profile featuring notes of rich marzipan, chocolate, and cinder toffee – which should make an ideal present for whisky aficionados this holiday season.

Marking a milestone for White Peak, the Wire Works Full Port represents their inaugural whisky entirely matured in Port casks, boasting a bold 52.4% ABV bottling strength with a mere 2,000 bottles available.

This expression was carefully selected to enhance the subtly peated Wire Works spirit, the choice of Port casks stems from a commitment to quality, heritage, and taste at White Peak. White Peak founders Max & Claire Vaughan have nurtured a longstanding collaboration with Sandra Dias and her team at a revered cooperage near Porto, Portugal. Dias Cooperage, a fourth-generation, family-run establishment, employs traditional methods to craft premium oak casks, favoured by White Peak for all their wine cask selections.

Claire said: "We wanted to create a whisky that celebrates a twist on our provenance, heritage and flavour. We have visited the cooperage where we sourced our port casks from on numerous occasions and greatly admire the intimate style of the business, the highly-skilled small team and the traditional techniques used that are passed down through the generations of the same family. All these factors ensure that we are using casks of an exceptionally high quality, which lead to a complex maturation of our whisky, adding further layers of complexity to the final spirit."

Max said: "With Wire Works Full Port we were looking to maintain the house style but with an explorative, complimentary new twist on what people might have previously tasted. On the nose, there’s lots of cinder toffee and burnt sugar, with marzipan, vanilla fudge and dark chocolate coming through on the palate, and a bonfire toffee and hibiscus finish. Our Wire Works house style is ever present, but with some of the signature rich sweet notes amplified through the port wood influence."

Wire Works Full Port has a RRP of £67 and is now available via
the distillery and from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

White Peak Wire Works Full Port Review

Bottled at 52.4% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Bakewell pudding, milk chocolate, cinder toffee, burnt sugar, cinnamon buns, liquorice all sorts, cherry lozenges, toasted almond, candied ginger, strawberry jam.

Taste: Marzipan, strawberries and cream, tinned peaches, lemon curd, vanilla fudge, spearmint, dark chocolate, grapefruit zest and iced buns.

Finish: Cherry pie filling, bonfire toffee, hibiscus, biltong, and eucalyptus.

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