England’s Halewood Spirits Launches Bankhall Sweet Mash

| October 31, 2021

Halewood Artisanal Spirits recently announced its latest launch from its Bankhall Distillery in Blackpool, England: Bankhall Sweet Mash.

The Sweet Mash is the latest offering from Vince Oleson (previously from the Widow Jane Distillery in Brooklyn) and the local Blackpool team, who have been busy combining US and UK whisky styles and techniques to reimagine English whisky.

This bourbon-style sweet mash is aged exclusively in new, charred American oak casks that have seen a full range of seasons in Blackpool since they were made by coopers in the US in the autumn 2020. 

Bankhall Sweet Mash

Bankhall Sweet Mash (image via Halewood)

This process adds what’s described as more oak character while delivering a rich yet soft profile.. The final Sweet Mash offers creamy custard toasted coconut, baked apples, and brown sugar on the palate and is perfect sipped neat, over ice or even with a mixer.

“Our new Sweet Mash has seen only nine months in cask but it tells a story, and takes you on a journey much grander. It’s a unique and exciting opportunity for all of us at Bankhall to let the whisky world peek behind the curtain of our adventurous new distillery, and we’re really looking forward to showcasing what we have to offer now, and also what we have planned for the future,” Oleson, Master Distiller, said in a prepared statement.

“As a business, we are building a portfolio of artisanal distilleries across the UK, with the ambition of bringing a range of different flavour profiles and styles vs other whiskies in the market. Working with Vince and the team at Bankhall has helped us to challenge the usual expectations around English whiskey and create something really new and exciting. We’re really looking forward to seeing where the journey will take us,” Andy Wallace, International Marketing Manager for whisky at Halewood Artisinal Spirits.

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Bankhall Sweet Mash is available now in the United Kingdom at a recommended retail price of £26.

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Hannah Kanik

Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.