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    Steel Bonnets

    Steel Bonnets
    The World’s First Blend of English and Scotch Malt Whiskies

    In the 13th-17th centuries, the border between England and Scotland proved particularly troublesome for both the Crown and political powers, becoming a law unto itself. The men of these borderlands became known as 'Reivers’, meaning thieves, and were nicknamed the ‘Steel Bonnets’ after the helmets they wore.

    Noble and simple; robber and lawman; soldier and farmer; outlaw and peasant. The characteristics of these border people created a strong sense of community and a unique bond not found anywhere else. A border ‘code of honour’ developed. A Reiver would rather lose his life than go back on his word and break the border custom. A common heritage united both Englishman and Scot against all the outside world.


    Robbery and blackmail were everyday professions. Raiding, arson, kidnapping, murder and extortion were just an accepted part of life. These were not acts committed purely for personal gain but for family survival. Clans both sides of the border claimed allegiance to Kin not Kingdom. Inter-marriage strengthened family bonds, creating a unique blend of people that lived, loved and died for each other.

    Created to honour the memory of the Reivers of the Border Marches, Steel Bonnets Blended Malt Whisky is a tribute to the independence of spirit that set these men against the world.

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    Steel Bonnets is composed of The Lakes single malt whisky from England and some of the most respected Highland and Islay Scotch malt whiskies, hand-picked by The Lakes Distillery’s Whisky Maker to represent the characteristics of the Borders, married together to create a smooth and harmonious blend.

    Creamy, slightly nutty and full-bodied. Notes of vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and hints of dried fruit are all held together with a sweet and comforting layer of wood smoke.

    46.6% ABV
    Non-Chill Filtered
    Natural Colour