Set up in rural Norfolk in 2006, St Georges (as it more commonly known) was the first legal English distillery in 100 years.
Aided by distilling legend Iain Henderson, they produced their first spirit in November 2006 and released their first whisky in December 2009, to huge acclaim. Signing Iain Henderson was likened to Norwich City signing David Beckham! If only...
An English distillery was always going to stir massive interest, and the fact that that interest is still being stirred a year after its whiskies have been sampled is testament to their quality.
The first whisky was Chapter 6, an un-peated and distinctly fruity three year-old. Soon after, Chapter 9 was released, a peated three year old whisky which, for all its lack of years, has fabulous integration between peat, spice and fruit. Wonderful.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: A shy and retiring nose with wispy smoke and summer hay.
Palate: First wave is creamy honey and sweet apple with a delayed healthy hit of peat. This gives way to a Liquorice Allsorts flavour, the round blue and pink bobbly ones, you know the ones I mean.
Finish: Surprisingly and amazingly well integrated, the finish gives toffee apples, a bit of pepper and a touch of wood. Itís short to medium long and very pleasant.
Retails for around £40