Blind Tweet – Tasting The English Whisky Company
So this was going to be an interesting evening, why? I’ll tell you why dear reader… the first thing is I haven’t really tried anything from the English Whisky Company, though I have tried That Boutiquey Whisky Company’s release, you know, the one with St George slaying the dragon, and the other thing is it was going to be a blind tasting. Believe me I have tried or been proffered a couple of things to try at festivals and I got one of them right… actually I got both of them right but one was more like water…
The English Whisky Company
Who are the English Whisky Company? I’ll let them tell you themselves (from their website):
“St George’s is the home to The English Whisky Co. The beautiful distillery was designed and built by the Nelstrop family for the specific purpose of producing the very finest English Single Malt Whisky.
Why England and more specifically Why Roudham, Norfolk? Well, there are only two main ingredients in whisky, barley and water and we have them both. We draw the purest, cleanest water from the Breckland aquifer deep beneath our distillery. Norfolk is one of the world’s premier growing barley regions, so our supply is plentiful and local”.
…reading further, they don’t add colour or flavour, they just allow the oak casks to do their magic. To me, this is the way it should be. Keep to the traditions, produce your whisky with passion and then allow us all to be a part of that when we try it.
Five little bottles of hope and expectation, well that’s all you can think surely? The tease that there might be something inside the bottle to pique your interest and leave you wanting more…
Sample 1 – 43% abv
Sample 2 – 46% abv
Sample 3 – 45% abv
Sample 4 – 58% abv
Sample 5 – 46% abv
Lots of hues from a lovely golden, to light straw to a warming copper colour.
Whisky no.1 – Fresh and a little malty / biscuity… green apple… I wasn’t getting a lot of sweetness on the nose. It was smooth but felt young… gentle spice and pepper. Oak tannins. A little apple and a wisp of vanilla. Followed by a lovely sweetness then revealing itself.
This was the Original, and it was matured in a combiantion of 1st and 2nd fill bourbon casks.
Whisky no.2 – More spice coming through initiallly with a light floral note. A little nutty and some light vanilla. This had a fuller mouthfeel.. warming spice and some sweetness. Slightly viscous… but smooth. Mocha bitterness.
This was the Double Cask whish was matured in a combination of 1st fill bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks.
Whisky no.3 – Initially this had an air of hay/straw, but then a creak of freshly tanned leather… a little zest. A light sweetness coming through too. The palate is warming.. a nice woody flavour, spices are welcoming. Treacle toffee kinda taste briefly. I quite like this… something I’m trying to put my finger on taste wise it’ll come to me. I think this being a revealed as a single grain whisky explained everything…
This was the Single Grain Whisky, this was matured in 1st fill bourbon casks.
Whisky no.4 – I’m liking this… creamy / custardy, a nice spice. There was a fleeting coffee note. Kinda getting a hint of old library… light vanilla. Palate… this is pleasing my tastebuds. A nice woody note, spice and coffee. A little sucked cherry Tunes / dark fruit. I really enjoyed the strength of this.
This was the Single Malt Whisky. This was matured in 1st fill bourbon casks.
Whisky no.5 – Now for a little smokiness.. lovely sweetness and a soft Savlon scent. Quite inviting. This had quite a full mouthfeel. Nice warmth of spice towards the back of my tongue… bitter black tea.
I actually popped in a guess for this one, virgin oak…
This was the Smokey Virgin matured in virgin oak casks.
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I really enjoyed this, I also just realised my hashtag dropped off for no.3 and no.4 but… this was a great experience to test your senses!! I really liked both of them (3 and 4) too and it was a fantastic opportunity to explore something from my homeland England…
Many thanks to Steve and English Whisky for allowing me to be a part of this tasting.
Buy them here: St Georges Distillery