St. George master distiller Lance Winters describes Baller as “a California take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky.” What does that mean? Read on...
We start with 100% American barley (predominately two-row pale malted barley, the remainder is lightly roasted).
After distillation in our eau de vie pot stills, the whiskey is aged 3–4 years in used bourbon casks and French oak wine casks, as well as filtered through maple charcoal.
We then finish the whiskey in casks that had held house-made umeshu (a Japanese style of plum liqueur we made entirely from California-grown ume fruit).
Crisp and dry, with a touch of malt sweetness. The smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip.
We created this spirit with Japanese-style whiskey highballs in mind (hence the name...). We also recommend it in place of Scotch whisky in a Bobby Burns or Rob Roy, or in a Boulevardier.
ABOUT THE LABEL
Distiller Lance Winters did the art direction for the label, which re-imagines the legend of St. George as a samurai. The original watercolor on the front label was by Oakland artist Sylvia Solochek Walters, done to emulate woodcut. The calligraphy was done by Eri Takase of Takase Studios.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
One of the Best New Spirits of 2016 — Playboy
This might be the best new spirit of the year, period. — Supercall
Perfect sipped neat or on a rock or two... an intense crispness and ferocious burst of plum on the front, followed by a warm, slate-like dryness and lingering smokiness. — Imbibe
An absolute pleasure… exactly the kind of whisk(e)y that I love and that keeps me in love with whisk(e)y. — The Whiskey Wash
A bold, dry whiskey with subtle plum and smoky notes ideal for Japanese highballs and Scotch-style cocktails. — Liquor.com
A meta whiskey, if there ever was one. While it has more than enough complexity to be sipped, it was made to be mixed in highballs and other cocktails. — The Daily Beast
Availability: Very limited. Originally a California exclusive, Baller is rolling out in spring/summer 2018 to AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MA, NJ, NV, NY, RI, TX, and WA, as well as to the UK and Singapore. Contact us for assistance.