Distiller and blender

Dave Smith

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After stints as a teacher and in winemaking, Dave Smith joined St. George Spirits in 2005 upon realizing that he was spending a healthy portion of his salary on alcohol.

Over the last nine years, Dave has become an accomplished distiller with experience across St. George’s entire portfolio of spirits. “Soft-spoken yet sharply articulate and philosophical,” (Drink Me) he is widely admired in the distilling community and among bartenders for his “deep knowledge and passion for spirits” (San Francisco Bay Guardian).

Whiskey is truly Dave’s calling, however, and his prodigious talents have led him to become the chief custodian and guiding hand behind the St. George whiskey program. Dave’s palate and skill in the art of blending have shepherded the development of St. George Single Malt Whiskey from one release to the next—a delicate balancing act that requires keeping the spirit true to its original signature while incorporating older barrels as time goes on. The 30th Anniversary Edition of our single malt also bears his thumbprint.

Also to his credit is St. George’s Breaking & Entering Bourbon, an ambitious undertaking requiring Dave to taste through literally hundreds of barrels and adroitly blend them into something greater than the sum of their parts.

Outside the world of whiskey, Dave has also gained recognition for developing St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur. He was also the driving force behind Faultline Gin, a limited-release collaboration between St. George and K&L Wine Merchants. Also notable are his collaborations with Sierra Nevada, the Exploratorium, and Blacksmith Cellars.