St. George - English Whisky Company

   

St. George distillery  is located in Roundham, Norfolk, England and was founded by James Nelstrop, born into a farming family in Lincolnshire.

He wanted to create an English whisky distillery and after he submitted planning application in 2005, it was accepted in early 2006 so work began.

December 2006 saw the first 29 barrels of English new spirit filled.

A visitor centre opened in August 2007

Official Distillery Website

 

 

 

 

St.George Chapter 2, New Spirit, 46% ABV

Peated New Make

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Totally clear

Nose: very clean, peat and light rubber

Palate: As with many new spirits this offers a mixture of herbs and flora, but the peat quickly follows and leads into the finish

Finish: Quite long with fresh, clean peat over some herbal elements

Overall Impression: This is a very clean and light spirit, very reminiscent of what I would imagine a slightly peaty grappa to taste like, if you can imagine that.

 

   
 

 

St.George Chapter 4, distilled 07.05.2007, 18 months, 40% ABV

Peated Spirit

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Extremely pale yellow, almost clear

Nose: Gentle peat and lemon grove, almost the smell from a fragrant lime tree in summer.

Palate: Some slight citrus flavours before the light peat kicks in.

Finish: Medium to long, but very gentle.

Overall Impression: Surprisingly soft and gentle with citrus alongside the peat.

 

   
 

 

St.George Chapter 9, 3y, 46% ABV

Peated whisky

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Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Very pale yellow

Nose: Fresh peat, light rubber and just a hint of banana skin and mango

Palate: Initial light hint of peach gives a slightly watery mouth-feel, then the warming peat crosses the palate with a little more substance.

Finish: Long with that hint of banana skin turning to fresh peat.

Overall Impression: This is my first dram from the St. George distillery and also their first peated release. I describe it as fresh peat as it really is quite light and frsh, unlike some of the heavier Scottish peated drams which pack a much bigger punch. This is not a bad thing, it's light, fruity and definitely peaty. In fact a very decent dram indeed for a mere three years old.

A second review, this time alongide the previous two releases of the spirit before it 'came of age', meaning Chapters 2 & 4; The Nose still has rubber alongside the peat and is more intense than in the two younger variants. The citrus elements which I detected in Chapter 4 are indeed slightly more fruity in line with mango or banana skin, but these do take 2-3 minutes to form, after the rubber has receded somewhat. I also agree that the first flavours to hit the palate are peach-like, although this time I didin't find the 'watery mouth-feel'. Yes, this is only three years old and has much more maturing to do, but for its age it is a good whisky, showing lots of promise for the future.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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