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Cumbria's first whisky distillery for 200 years is taking shape. The giant copper stills have been lowered into place at the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite.
It'll bring more than 30 jobs when it opens at the end of the year. Creating an English whisky has been the dream of Paul Currie, who's investing £5 million in the venture.
Matthew Taylor reports:
The Lakes Distillery, near Bassenthwaite, is expected to open in December. Paul Currie has invested £5 million pounds in the distillery that will create 30 jobs.
He says the conditions are just right for producing whisky:
"We are taking water from the Derwent which analysis has shown is outstanding for whisky production. It'll also be perfect for our whisky and our gin. I think we've got every chance of production something as good if not better than anything in Scotland the conditions here are perfect"
It's thought that Whisky has not been made in Cumbria for 200 years and the idea is that people will want to visit the distillery for a tour as it will be five years until the first Whisky is ready for drinking.
Paul Currie expects to produce one million bottles of Whisky a year. He says it will be the biggest distillery in England by some margin.
Cumbria's first whisky distillery in 200 years has taken a big step closer. Giant copper stills have been lowered into place at the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite.
It's expected to created more than 30 jobs when it opens at the end of the year. The venture's been the dream of one man, Paul Currie, who's invested £5 million.
The Lakes Distillery is another step closer to opening as the stills and other equipment arrive.
The £5 million distillery, based at Bassenthwaite, has launched a new pre-opening visitor reception ahead of its official opening in early December.
It's the first to be built in the area for over 200 years and will produce whisky, gin and vodka.