This just might be the first English Whisky Co. Whisky with an age statement that I’ve tried. I have to admit that I’ve not tried all that many. Some chapters at Bottoms Up tastings here and there, and some indie bottlings. Most notably, the The Whisky Exchange’s one which they released last year.
I have to admit also, that I don’t really care about the brand. Somehow, the entire fact that it’s an English whisky doesn’t really interest me one way or another. It’s strange, since I’ve been enthused by other newish startups over the years, like Wolfburn, Kilchoman and others.
So, St. George’s whisky from That Boutique-y Whisky Company, a five year old. Not the oldest whisky from the distillery but with all their (rather crappy) chapter releases it’s certainly not the youngest either.
A nice balance between light, vanilla-rich wood and sweet, slightly fruity spirit. Apple, pear and white grapes. Orchard fruits, so to say (although that slightly weird since peaches and bananas also grow in orchards, but then they’re called plantations). Also scents of grass and straw.
The palate is sharper than I expected, with a combination of black pepper and chili pepper. Some oak, but not too much. Straw, alcohol, vanilla and creme brulee. Quite rich, but a bit clumsy, maybe.
The finish is, again, quite rich. It’s slightly more balanced than the palate, with oak and straw, pepper and fruit. As in, the fruit is back again, since I missed that on the palate. Not overly long.
A whisky that, in a way, has two faces. On one hand it’s a mile ahead of anything I’ve tried from the official bottlings. On the other hand it still not a very interesting dram. The flavors are all there and it shows enough complexity. But…
But, where the TWE version had some off the beaten path flavors that made me think of a mix between single malt and single pot still whisky, this just doesn’t do anything unique, or different from many Scotch whiskies. In a way, it’s ‘yet another whisky’.
Then again, it’s not expensive either, especially not for a whisky that you don’t see too many releases of and is not as regularly available as many other brands. So there certainly are redeeming factors.
English Whisky Co. 5 year old, Batch 1, 49.5%, That Boutique-y Whisky Company. Available from Master of Malt for € 50
Thanks to That Boutique-y Whisky Company for the sample!