St. George Single Malt Whiskey
If you've tried any other St. George distillate, you owe it to yourself to taste the spirit that compelled master distiller Lance Winters to start distilling in the first place. (If you can get your hands on a bottle, that is.)
1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die says our whiskey "might just be the best U.S. single malt available today"—and by George, we agree.
Availability: Lot 14 rolling out nationally as of September 2014. Very limited release!
Lance's brewing background strongly informed our whiskey's mash bill—using various roast levels of two-row barley to elicit rich aromas of hazelnut and cocoa, and smoking a portion of unroasted barley over beech and alder wood to add base notes and additional complexity.
The resulting whiskey is expressive and inviting right off the still, but a variety of cooperage types (used bourbon casks, French oak, port barrels, and sherry barrels) contribute an even greater depth of flavor—creating a layered single malt with a signature all its own.
Each release of St. George Single Malt Whiskey varies a little since we're able to draw from older barrels with every new bottling. The goal, though, is to increase expressiveness and flavor with every release—while staying true to our whiskey's signature. In recent years, distiller/blender Dave Smith has become the chief custodian for our whiskey program, and it is his palate that now guides its evolution.
For our current release (Lot 14), Dave ventured deep into the far corners of our whiskey library and drew from a selection of different barrels ranging 4–15 years in age.
Sip neat to fully experience all the nuances and depth of flavor, or add nothing more than a single large ice cube. This is as good as whiskey gets.
A true American original. – Wine & Spirits Magazine
Phenomenal. Unlike any other being made today—fruity and full of deep, rich, smoky notes. — Sour Mash Manifesto
Like no other whiskey ever. A rainbow of sweet fruit and flower aromas you can scarcely believe come from grain, and an amazing smoothness on the palate. — The Los Angeles Times
An explosion of pineapple and coconut flavors on a base of pine, cedar, and vanilla. — Saveur