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The journey

LANTY SLEE

Lancelot Slee, or Lanty as he was to be known, has been described as a ‘stiff, fresh-faced man of great endurance’, famous for supplying the Lake District with his illicit Liquor for over 50 years.

Born in 1802, he had an illustrious career, working as a Quarryman by day and bootlegging by night, packing his horses’ hooves with wad to silently transport his produce past the Excise men and over mountain passes.

This got Lanty into all sorts of scrapes with the law, but mysteriously he was rarely caught or fined, as whenever the Excise thought they had him, he was already long gone, operating Stills in caves and on fells all over the Langdale Valley.

It is from this very valley we source our water and botanicals, just as Lanty did, he knew there was something in those ancient igneous fells that made for the best Liquor, and we agree. If you feel like becoming a moonshiner after you finish the bottle don’t worry you’ve just got a l’al Lanty in thoo.

Introducing

Fell Dew

COPPER POT DISTILLED 19TH CENTURY VODKA

Lake District

Produced with Cumbrian potatoes and Langdale Valley water

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slate filtered

Our spirit is filtered through slate from Moss Rigg quarry, home to Lanty's main cave still.

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distillation

Twice-distilled in copper pots to give an irresistible smoothness.

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Small Batch

Fell Dew is distilled in small batches, our Master Distiller retains only the very heart of the spirit.

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Our Selection

Taste The Fells

Moss Rigg Single Malt Spirit

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£ 42

FELL DEW VODKA

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£ 36

Wrynose Rum

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£ 38

Langdale Dry Gin

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£ 38

Birth

Lancelot Slee was born on the 6th February 1802 to Jane Slee, aged 12 in the Poorhouse, Hallsteads, Kirby Irleth

1802

Marriage

Little is known of Lanty until he marries Miss Mary Richardson in Ulverston, 3rd June 18939.

1839

The Early Days

Tilberthwaite was the perfect remote hideaway for Lanty to practice his craft, he worked by day as a quarryman and farmer, moving his moonshine by night.

1821

The Raid

On the 28th September 1841 excise men acting on a tip discovered his still under his barn, accessed by a trap door attached to his horse and vented through the house chimney.

1941

The Dalesmen

Ambleside didn’t yet have a police station, so evidence was stored at The Royal Oak in Ambleside. Dalesman liberated it all that evening ready for Lanty’s return. He was fined £30 and in absence of funds spent 3 months at Preston house of correction.

1841

Still Shining

By 1851 Lanty was living at High Arnside in Tilberthwaite, he was now commercially distilling in the fells and not far from another brush with the law...

1851

Charged with distilling

Lanty was caught again in possession of a private still for distillation. Lanty had excavated a 10” x 15” cave which he had flagged, created a secret door and diverted water from a stream to feed the boiler.

1853

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LANTY'S LEGACY

There have been many widespread accounts of the number of illicit stills in langdale, Wrynose and Tilberthwiate and many were still intact in recent years, folk even search the fells for his forgotten stash!

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Death

Lanty passed away at Greenbank Farm, Little Langdale and is buried at Chapel Stile on the 21st May 1878. Lanty kept the Lake Distirct in liquor for over 50 years and he lives on in the folklore of the area as a legend.

1878

Customer

Reviews

An incredibly pure and smooth taste, creamy, and very drinkable

Mariusz Karch

This Rum is fantastic, I could drink it all day!

Bob Cullingworth

It tastes like The Lake District, with gentle floral aromas on a powerful dry Gin, delicious!

Jane Walmsley

Lanty Slee Liqour Co.

The Wayside
Elterwater
Langdale
Cumbria
LA22 9JB

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