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04/12/2014 Cumbrian Spirits Join Asian Elite

Lakes Two products from The Lakes Distillery have been recognised as amongst the best in the world in their categories.

The prestigious Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC) revealed its 2014 winners, awarding The ONE a Silver Legend in the Worldwide Whiskey category and The Lakes Gin a Silver Legend in the gin category.

The ONE, the first ever blend of whiskies from around the British Isles, achieved its second silver award within six months and The Lakes Gin achieved its first silver less than a month after its official launch, making 2014 a very exciting year for The Lakes Distillery.

The annual HKIWSC awards are an industry-noted mark of quality and excellence, and provide the Asian market with the ultimate guide to purchasing wine and spirits which are sensitive to the Asian palate and cultural consumption patterns.

Products from nearly 40 countries are entered into the competition with only those of the highest quality receiving recognition. Entries are scored out of 100 and undergo a detailed level of scrutiny including double-blind tastings and technical analysis, which ensures all products are technically sound and will be of the same high quality when they reach the consumer.

Paul Currie, founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, said on the win: “These awards set the benchmark for quality and the vast population of consumers in Asia eagerly anticipate the results each year. Consumers view it as the guide to Asian palates and it’s a testament to the exceptional quality of our products that The ONE and The Lakes Gin have been included.

“Both our lovingly crafted spirits are now listed alongside the Asian wine and spirit world’s top brands, which is where we feel they deserve to be.”

The award comes just months after The ONE, which was launched in September 2013, attained a Silver Legend in the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) and announced luxury retailer Harvey Nichols as its first UK-wide retailer of The ONE.

Production of The Lakes Single Malt, The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka are underway and the distillery is gearing up to open Bistro at The Lakes, distillery tours and the shop to the public in mid-December.

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