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St. George’s is on top of the World

Five whisky distilleries from right across the planet from north to South and from East to West have joined the ranks of Whisky Masters.

But the distillery sitting on top of the new world of whisky is English distillery St George’s, which entered four whiskies in the awards and picked up three Masters and a gold.

It was an amazing achievement for the four year old distillery, with its new heavily peated Chapter 11 picking up Masters for its cask strength and 46% ABV bottling.

Managing director Andrew Nelstrop said he was delighted with the results.

“This is fantastic for us and for our distiller David Fitt particularly, because we set up the distillery with the great Iain Henderson but these whiskies are the first which are all David’s work. It’s tremendous.”

IronicallySt George’swasn’t the highest scoring whisky in the awards and Indian distiller Amrut with Fusion, Lark fromAustraliaand Mackmyra with Jord also picked up Masters as did Czech whisky Hammerhead. The other big success story was Sullivan’s Gold, which like Lark is onTasmania. It picked up three golds for its three malts.

This is the first year that the World Masters have been held and are a personal crusade for me because I have long felt that there was now enough quality world whisky to justify scrapping the ‘rest of the world’ category most world whisky is judged in and to judge entrants within their own continental category.

More than 25 whiskies were entered this year and in my view the judges got it spot on. I’m aware that it doesn’t look great that a Norfolk distillery won so many honours and I live in Norfolk, but it’s no secret as to the regard I hold Amrut. Lark, Mackmyra and Sullivan’s Cove and until St George’s Chapter 11 came along, would have put the likes of Bakery Hill, Glann ar Mor, Distillerie Warenghem Belgian Owl, Santis, Blaue Maus, and Millstone ahead of the English distillery.

What was most encouraging was that there was hardly a bad whisky on show, a fact reflected in the results.

All the world whisky Masters winners will be featured in more depth in the first issue of World Whisky Review, to be published through Connosr in October.

 

MASTERS

St Georges Chapter 9

St Georges Chapter 11  46%

St Georges Chapter 11  59.7%

Amrut Fusion

Lark Cask Strength

Mackmyra Moment Jord

Hammerhead

 

GOLD

Mackmyra Moment Drivved

Penderyn Bourbon

Sullivans Cove Double Cask

Sullivans Cove French Oak

Sullivans Cove  American Oak

St Georges Chapter 6

Black Ram

 

SILVER

Eddu Gold

Lark Single Malt Small Cask

The Belgian Owl

Penderyn Portwood

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