St. George Single Malt Whiskey
For 20 years now, St. George Single Malt Whiskey has been 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.
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.
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. Though the category of "American single malt" did not yet exist, Lance joined St. George Spirits with the express purpose of making single malt whiskey.
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 contribute an even greater depth of flavor—creating a layered single malt with a signature all its own.
We released Lot 1 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey in 2000; since then, each release has evolved a little since we’re able to draw from a wider selection of 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.
Head distiller/blender Dave Smith is now the chief custodian for our whiskey program, and it is his palate that now guides its evolution.
Lot 20 (our 20th anniversary release!) ranges 4.5–21 years in age. Cooperage incorporates used Kentucky bourbon cask, Tennessee whiskey cask, American and French oak apple brandy cask, Port cask, and California Sauternes-style cask.
St. George Single Malt Whiskey is an elegant expression of single malt.
Lot 20 expresses notes of orange marmalade, hazelnuts, stone fruit, and cocoa on the nose. On the palate: coffee, cherry, chocolate, and cola.
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.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Able to mount a strong argument for being the best single malt in America. — Paste Magazine
Craft Whiskey of the Year (2014) — Whisky Advocate
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. — Los Angeles Times
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
An explosion of pineapple and coconut flavors on a base of pine, cedar, and vanilla. — Saveur
The coolest whiskey maker in America. — Inc.
Availability: Each release of St. George Single Malt Whiskey is very limited. Lot 20 has begun rolling out in California, and will be landing soon in other states. See here for more information about the rollout.