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White Peak Wire Works Virgin Oak

19th October 2023
New 'Virgin Oak' release unveils a new bold side to Wire Works Whisky from the White Peak Distillery in Derbyshire.

White Peak Wire Works Virgin OakWhite Peak distillery in Derbyshire England has introduced an exciting new dimension to its Wire Works Whisky collection this season with the launch of their Virgin Oak Cask whisky.

Wire Works Virgin Oak, a limited release of 2,769 bottles, represents a significant step towards a permanent addition to the distillery's offerings, following the successful release of Caduro in March of this year. This whisky release marks the second instance where White Peak has allowed its spirits to mature in Virgin Oak casks, building upon the foundation of a limited release in 2022.

Bottled at what should be a robust and flavoursome 50.5% ABV,
100% natural colour and non-chill filtered, the Virgin Oak whisky is said to still maintain the distinctive Wire Works house style. Crafted using lightly peated malted barley, live brewer's yeast, and an extended six-day fermentation process, it infuses the spirit with deep fruit notes. The whisky is a masterful blend of lightly peated single malt that initially matures in high-quality, first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, before being finished for several months at a lower ABV in virgin American oak barrels, each with a specific toast and char level. The prominent oak-centric flavours derived from these casks contribute to an interplay of sweetness and spice, showcasing the rich fruit notes and refined smokiness that define the core essence of White Peak's house spirit.

Claire Vaughan, founder of White Peak Distillery said: "In our latest release, we're giving whisky enthusiasts the opportunity to savour the unique flavours of our lightly-peated spirit and explore the journey our whisky has taken in new wood. Matured in Virgin Oak casks from the renowned Kelvin Cooperage, celebrated for exceptional quality, this is a development of the limited edition 2022 release. The selection of char levels in this vatting introduces a delightful range of flavours, from lighter toasted nuts, vanilla, and sweetness to the richer notes of caramel and toffee. This whisky is a perfect dram for the fireside."

White Peak Distillery was established seven years ago by the husband and wife team of Max and Claire Vaughan, who hail from Derbyshire. Their journey has been one of continuous growth and success. Last year the distillery achieved notable acclaim, securing a series of awards, these accolades extended beyond their Wire Works whisky, encompassing recognition for their Distillery visitor experiences and the highly-praised, eco-conscious packaging of Wire Works Whisky.

Wire Works Virgin Oak has a RRP of 67 and will be available from 20th October onwards f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

White Peak Wire Works Virgin Oak Review

Bottled at 50.5% ABV, 100% natural colour and non-chill filtered. A limited release of only 2,769 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Banoffee pie, fruit salad sweets, pistachio and cranberries.

Taste: Treacle tart, toasted nuts and sweet spice.

Finish: Light lingering smoke.

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