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.
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 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. For our 2019 release (Lot 19), Dave ventured deep into the far corners of our whiskey library and drew from a selection of barrels ranging 5–20 years in age. Cooperage included used Kentucky bourbon cask, used Port cask, used California Sauternes-style cask, and used sherry cask.
St. George Single Malt Whiskey is an elegant expression of single malt. On the nose, Lot 19 expresses baked apple, dried stone fruit, nougat, and milk chocolate. On the palate, this mature single malt opens with rich maple and moves to semi-sweet chocolate in the mid-palate. Subsequent sips will reinforce nougat and evolve into honey butter, finishing a bit drier than what you might expect from past releases of the Lot series.
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 19 will begin rolling out in mid-November 2019.