Lakes Distillery seeks additional funds for distillery construction
The Lakes Distillery has sought additional funds from private investors for the construction of new £2.5m distillery in Cumbria, a non-metropolitan county in North West England.
According to The Lakes Distillery managing director Paul Currie, the company has received some European grant to begin construction of the distillery, which is scheduled for April 2013.
Located at a 19th-century farm near Bassenthwaite Lake, the distillery is expected to open in late 2013 and start producing single malt whiskey and a gin from local botanical - juniper.
Currie was quoted by Harpers.co.uk as saying that Cumbria shares similar climatic conditions with Scotland, which are ideal for producing malt whiskey.
"Cumbria is very much a Celtic region and until the 13th century was part of Scotland. But prior to now, it has not produced a legal whisky," he added.
The distillery, which is the brainchild of Whitley Bay-based Mills Group founder Nigel Mills, will use latest techniques from the brewing industry to produce around 300,000 bottles of whiskey annually, which will be blended in Scotland-made copper stills and aged in different casks.
The company also plans to open a visitor centre with a bar/bristo, shop and tours at the distillery by March 2014.