St. George Single Malt Whiskey

St. George Single Malt Whiskey is an American original: distilled, aged, blended, and bottled by us out of love for what a handcrafted single malt can be.

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.

Format: 750ml
ABV: 43%
Availability: Lot 14 rolling out nationally as of September 2014. Very limited release!
Before starting at St. George in 1996, Lance had spent five years working as a brewer. When he realized that brewing beer was halfway to distilling whiskey, he turned in his brewer's card and dedicated himself to the art and craft of distillation.

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 15), Dave ventured deep into the far corners of our whiskey library and drew from a selection of different barrels ranging 4–16 years in age.
Driven by a fruit-forward, floral nose and the classic cocoa and roasted nut flavors that form our single malt's core identity, Lot 15 is an elegant, nuanced expression of single malt. On the nose, lavender honey, tangerines, watermelon, and an undercurrent of sandalwood evolve into jackfruit, pineapple, and the brightness of apple cider. Eventually these fruitier aromatics give way to chocolate and butterscotch. Further time in glass will show lighter cocoa, Saigon cinnamon, salted pecans, coffee, flint, and soil as parts of the classic St. George chocolate heartstring. Upon first sips, pale and crystal malts broadly show across the palate and are soon deepened by dusty cocoa and bittersweet chocolate notes that go towards molé (cinnamon and nutmeg). The spice on the back palate expands with further impressions of cream, butter, clover honey, honey roasted peanuts, and the sweet citrus Semillon wine. The malts continue to show throughout and after a few sips the sweetness of licorice and chocolate mint give a cooling sensation as the long finish goes towards gunpowder tea and ale.

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.
Might just be the best U.S. single malt available today. — 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die

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