The latest offering in an interesting run of releases by the Norfolk distiller

I’ve come across numerous bottlings from the English Whisky Co while working in the Potstill whisky bar in Glasgow and most were young and very, very raw. However, Chapter 13 shows a marked improvement and hints at what the distillery will be capable of given time.
Whisky review: St George’s distillery (The English Whisky Co.) Chapter 13
56%Overall Score

Bottled at a meaty 49% it’s not for the faint hearted. Distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2013, there was only a few limited runs made. You should check out this bottling not only for the whisky but also for the great art work on the bottle itself. I doubt there can be that many whisky bottles with dragons covering the label. First impressions of the nose are of charcoaled sweet meat. When poured into the glass it opens up , offering other flavours such as citrus fruits and vanilla, and strangely, banana which I’ve noticed before in other bottlings from the same company. The first taste is very light and punchy, you can definitely tell it’s young, however the rawness does it no harm and if anything adds to the punch. The fruits are there in abundance and are finished off nicely with little wisps of smoke and spice. The finish is lingering but dry, with hints of smoked chocolate.

Verdict: still young and looking to find itself but a very interesting entry into the story book that this company ais trying to create.

Cask: English oak

Abv: 90%

Region: England

Age: 5 years old

One for fans of: Benromach peated, BenRiach Curiositas




About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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