Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery Projects Maturing Malt Set
This Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery Projects Maturing Malt Set includes the first four in the series with the same bottle numbers (1587/2000) at 70cl. Plus the two follow on bottles that were 50cl.
Project 001 – 004
Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery Projects range is all about exploring what this Yorkshire spirit can be. Pre-whisky, focusing this on the ‘maturing malt’. The first four releases (DPs 001-004) formed a mini-series. These looked at the different cask types, distillation techniques, and how the two spirit styles (pot/column) marry together.
The next two releases are a little bit different and really very special. They’re still ‘maturing malts’ but this time they’re single cask bottlings: one from an STR cask, and one from a Fino cask. Spirit of Yorkshire only have a select number of these types of casks filled at the distillery meaning that these releases are incredibly rare. Furthermore, because they’re single cask, there are significantly fewer bottles than before because of the cask sizes.
Distillery Projects 005 all comes from STR cask number 109, filled in October 2016 and bottled in June 2019, and is 100% pot distilled spirit. It’s a wine barrique with a 220L capacity (which is relatively small, meaning that they only got 544 x 50cl bottles from this cask) and it’s a ‘first fill’ cask, which means that thespirit is the first to fill it since the wine left.
The cask held Rioja wine for five years. Once the wine was disgorged, the cask was reconditioned by some of the best coopers in Jerez, by shaving, toasting and re-charring (STR) which meant that it has retained much of the fruit-driven flavours from the wine but has also allowed sweetness and spice from the oak to keep shining through. This has led to a cask that delivers a really beautiful and balanced maturation, giving lots of flavour but not overwhelming the character of our spirit. The use of this kind of cask was pioneered by the late Dr. Jim Swan, our consultant and mentor, giving it an extra poignancy.
Distillery Projects 006 all comes from Fino cask number 104, filled in September 2016 and bottled in June 2019, and is 100% column distilled spirit. It’s a sherry butt with a 500L capacity (one of thier largest casks giving a yield of 1142 x 50cl bottles) and it’s a ‘first fill’ cask, which means that the spirit is the first to fill it since the original sherry was disgorged. They only filled three of these Fino casks in 2016 so, because it’s also filled with column-only spirit, it’s really unusual and, unlike anything else available in the market.