Top expert hails Harrogate water as perfect for whisky

One of the country's foremost whisky experts has hailed award-winning Harrogate Spring Water as the perfect partner in a '˜wee dram' for the festive season.

Friday, 23rd December 2016, 9:07 am
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 2:01 pm
Whisky expert Eddie Ludlow, founder and managing director of The Whisky Lounge. (Picture by Tim Hardy)

The two go together like Christmas pudding and brandy sauce, according to said Eddie Ludlow, founder and managing director of The Whisky Lounge, which is based in York.

Harrogate Spring’s marketing manager Nicky Cain said Nicky Cain said Harrogate water had an “exceptionally clean and well-rounded taste” and the company was delighted by the accolade.

He said: “We are proud of Harrogate Spring and when someone with the international acclaim as Eddie commends us, with such enthusiasm, it is something special. We are privileged to be custodians of the 450-year history of the UK’s first spa and original bottled water.”

Eddie Ludlow has recently been inducted into the membership of Keepers of the Quaich, an exclusive society of Scotch Whisky connoisseurs.

He is also a judge with the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the UK-based organisation that sets the benchmark for quality across the globe.

Harrogate Spring has won the British Bottlers’ Institute gold award winner for the last three years.

In the course of his business role, Eddie says he discovered Harrogate water does, indeed, boast all the right characteristics to complement Scotland’s national drink.

Eddie said: “It’s great that our York enterprise for the ‘water of life’ has found the perfect water partner in Yorkshire.

“Certain whiskies benefit from a little added water and we have found Harrogate Spring’s balanced taste profile to be just right and the most reliable choice. It brings out the quality in Whisky when a wee dram needs a splash of water to enhance the taste experience.”

The Whisky Lounge was founded in 2008 with a mission to “bring Whisky to the people” through special organised tastings.

The Whisky Lounge team hold a range of events, festivals and schools the length and breadth of Britain, including around eight tastings a month in London alone.

Eddie was also inducted into the Keepers of the Quaich at a ceremony at Blair Castle in Perthshire.

Membership is by invitation only and the society has a worldwide membership of only 2,500.

Nicky Cain said Harrogate water was pure spring water sourced from a protected conservation area.

He said: “Its neutral pH level and balanced mineral composition provide an optimum, ‘refreshing’ drink with no chalkiness. It does not cloud the palate which makes it perfect for pairing with food.”

The International Wine and Spirit Competition, of which Eddie is a judge, sets the world benchmark for wine and spirits and its bronze, silver and gold IWSC award notations are often found on bottles of wines and spirits in UK shops.