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Wire Works Bourbon Barrel


25th June 2024
Fruit salad sweets and custard creams is how White Peaks distillery in Derbyshire describes its new permanent addition to their Wire Works whisky range, the Wire Works Bourbon Barrel.

Wire Works Bourbon BarrelDerbyshire distillery, White Peak, celebrates a milestone this summer with the release of its oldest whisky yet: Wire Works Bourbon Barrel.

This landmark bottling marks the distillery’s first release fully matured in ex-bourbon barrels, utilising some of the oldest casks in White Peak’s warehouse since its inception in 2016.

Wire Works Bourbon Barrel is a vatting of carefully selected American oak, first-fill ex-bourbon barrels, and is bottled at 53.5% ABV. Each cask was filled with Wire Works’ signature lightly-peated single malt spirit, which they tell me has resulted in a beautifully balanced, complex whisky that highlights the distillery’s fruit-forward character.

Joining Wire Works Caduro, this new release becomes the second permanent expression in White Peak’s core range, signifying a major milestone in the distillery’s growing legacy.

Max Vaughan, founder of White Peak Distillery, said: "We’re so excited to be releasing our second permanent expression to build on our core range of whiskies following Caduro last year. Bourbon Barrel is a signature whisky for us, elevating our house style and showcasing our unique flavour elements; our Derbyshire home, lightly-peated malt barley, fresh local Brewer’s yeast, long fermentation and slow distillation.

"Ex-bourbon barrels are considered to be relatively inactive and so their exclusive use in maturation can really highlight a distillery’s true house character. It’s over 6 years since we fired up the stills, and we feel the time is right in 2024 to open up our soul with this release. This is some of our oldest liquid from some of our favourite casks, and we hope White Peak whisky lovers will enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed our journey so far."

Since the debut of Wire Works in February 2022, White Peak has introduced several whiskies under the Wire Works Whisky label. This includes Caduro in 2023, the first permanent addition to White Peak's range, along with various limited editions.

As with all Wire Works whiskies, the new Wire Works Bourbon Barrel is naturally coloured and non-chill filtered. The release has a RRP of £65 and will be available from 5th July via the Distillery shop and online, as well as from
specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

Review


Bottled at 53.5% ABV.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Vanilla cheesecake, white chocolate, fruit salad sweets, lemon curd, candied ginger, peaches and cream.

Taste: Custard creams, lemon zest, icing sugar, chocolate covered peanuts, honey, ginger bread.

Finish: Apple crumble, Murray Mints, lime pickle, white pepper.
 

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