St. George’s distillery released the first legal English whisky in over a century in December 2009. Their single malt whiskies are released under The English Whisky Co. name. Previously these were released as different chapters as the malt matured, however now the range is much more streamlined.
The distillery, founded by James and Andrew Nelstrop, is situated near the Norfolk town of Thetford and began distilling on 12th December 2006. Impressively, The English Whisky Co. source their barley, yeast and water (the three ingredients needed for whisky production) from within England, making this a truly English spirit.
The distillery manager David Fitt, who used to work for Greene King, spent four valuable months working alongside Iain Henderson, formerly of Laphroaig, learning his new trade and adapting from his brewing background before assuming his current role. In a short amount of time St. George’s has produced a range of whiskies: peated and unpeated; bourbon matured and sherry matured--Chapter 7 even had a rum finish. They have also branched out into cream liqueurs and fortified wine.
Launched in 2016, The English Whisky Company's ‘The English’ range features a pair of English single malt whiskies - this is the Original expression, using unpeated barley and aged in ex-bourbon casks, showing off a creamy, vanilla-rich flavour profile.
Nose: Zesty orange, vanilla custard, grassy malt.
Palate: Nuttier than the nose, with notes of almond and hazelnut. Milk chocolate, more orange.
Finish: Rich barley and a handful of spices with a touch of saltiness at the end.