Cask23; Exploring Excellence

News  •  10.05.24

Cask23; Exploring Excellence

In a bustling corner of Leicester's Granby Street, lies Cask23, a haven for aficionados of fine spirits and discerning palates. Owned and curated by Nilesh Vadoliya, Cask23 stands as a testament to passion, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to quality.

Recently, our key account manager, Hemil Haria, had the pleasure of chatting with Nilesh, to learn more about Cask23’s story and commitment to offering only the finest spirits.

Brief History

Established in 2008 as a humble off-license, Cask23 has since blossomed into a speciality retail destination, offering a meticulous curated selection of whiskies, wine, spirits, and hand-rolled cigars. Under Nilesh's leadership, the store has undergone a remarkable evolution, driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge and a genuine passion for the industry. 

The journey of Cask23 mirrors Nilesh's own evolution - from amateur drinker to seasoned curator. What began as a personal passion project has flourished into a thriving business, steeped in a rich tapestry of experience and a deep-seated commitment to excellence. Throughout the years, Nilesh has fostered meaningful relationships with small producers, prioritising artisanal offerings and unique finds for Cask23's discerning clientele. This commitment to sourcing the finest products has elevated Cask23 into more than just a store; it's become a destination where enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike gather to explore and indulge in the world of fine spirits and cigars. 

The Lakes Distillery Connection 

Amongst the treasures adorning Cask23's shelves, one name stands out: The Lakes Distillery. When asked about the selection of The Lakes products carried by Cask23, Nilesh revealed "We proudly stock a range of The Lakes products, with a particular focus on their exceptional whiskies; but we have recently introduced their fine vodka and gin into our collection."

Explaining the rationale behind this choice, he stated, "Due to their unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and innovation, their attention to detail throughout the production process, coupled with their dedication to using the finest ingredients, aligns perfectly with our ethos at Cask23. Moreover, we believe in supporting distilleries that produce exceptional spirits, and The Lakes exemplifies this standard."

Nilesh's favourite collection from The Lakes portfolio is The Whiskymaker's Reserve series, as "the complex flavour of each new expression provides a unique taste to the one you've had before". 

Beyond The Lakes: Nilesh's Drink of Choice

Personal favourites aside, Nilesh's passion for whisky knows no bounds. The complexity and layers of tasting notes that unravel with each sip of a fine whisky holds a special fascination for him. Yet, his affection for whisky doesn't overshadow his eagerness to explore a diverse spectrum of spirits and beverages. He derives joy from delving into the nuances and subtleties offered by different beverages, accommodating a broad range of tastes and preferences. Whether it's whisky, gin, vodka, or something else entirely, he believes each holds its own distinct charm, contributing to the richness of the drinking experience.

 Cask23 remains a sanctuary where the art of whisky appreciation is celebrated and cherished. With exciting events on the horizon, including whisky and cigar tastings, there's always something new to discover. So, whether you're a seasoned aficionado or a curious newcomer, step inside Cask23 and explore taste, discovery, and unmatched expertise.