Thursday, 10 December 2009
By George, it's ready!!!
The Scottish readers of Caskstrength will no doubt look upon this post with a mixture of amusement, intrigue and possibly distain, as we report that today, the first bottling of English Whisky goes on sale to the general public for 100 years. St George's Distillery over in Norfolk have been producing spirit since November 2006, initially under the watchful eye of master distiller Iain Henderson (ex-Laphroaig) and the very first bottlings or 'Chapters' were released as new make spirit and 18 month old spirit. A peated version of the spirit was also released around the same time.
Now the distillery (rather like Kilhoman did a few months back) can finally celebrate the birth of its whisky -with an initial batch of 349 cases (Chapter 5) going on sale in limited edition decanters a couple of weeks ago.
It of course sold out in a heartbeat and the distillery is now planning the release of Chapter 6, in the run up to Christmas. Matured solely in Bourbon casks and Bottled at 46% (non chilfiltered) Chapter 6 will be the first real chance to try the whisky...
As true blooded Englishmen (well, Joel is part Scandinavian, so he might not count) we're very excited about this release and what it holds for whisky making. Having not tried it yet, we'll reserve judgment, but as soon as we get a chance to try it, you'll be the first to know.
For more info on the distillery, click here