Yorkshire distillery announces its first Special Release for 2023

Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery announces first special release of 2023

The team at Yorkshire’s first single malt whisky distillery have released the next bottling of their Double Oak series.

Filey Bay Double Oak #2 Special Release single malt whisky is Hunmanby-based Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery’s second whisky to have been matured in Virgin Oak casks, following the award-winning first iteration. The new whisky was matured in ex-bourbon casks before a secondary maturation in lightly-charred, custom-made and new oak casks.

Spirit of Yorkshire Whisky Director, Joe Clark, said: “These special casks imbue our whisky with some really amazing and exciting flavours, pronounced fruity notes and soft, sweet, nutty, bread-like flavours. 

“From a selection of over 100 ex-bourbon casks laid down in 2018, only a handful were selected for re-racking. I was looking for key characteristics that would work well with the virgin oak casks – light and fresh with elevated malty and creamy profiles and with fewer spicy notes. After assembling a beautiful batch of whisky, this was then reduced in strength to 50% ABV and racked into brand new virgin white oak casks from Kentucky.”

Distillery colleague Amy Teasdale added: “Because the casks had not previously held spirit, we were checking the casks weekly during the final months of maturation to ensure that they were disgorged and bottled at the optimum moment. It was a time-consuming process but absolutely worth it and I know this release will prove very popular.”

Described as ‘soft and spicy with flavours of toasted oak, cream soda, fruit gums and hot cross buns, only 2000 bottles are available to buy from the distillery shop, online at www.spiritofyorkshire.com and at selected specialist retailers nationwide.